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ERIC Number: EJ869023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Implementing GoodWork Programs: Helping Students to become Ethical Workers
Fischman, Wendy; Gardner, Howard
Knowledge Quest, v37 n3 p74-79 Jan-Feb 2009
Today, young people entering the job market face challenges, as well as uncertainty. The influx of new technologies and powerful market forces have changed the ways in which people work in their own offices, as well as with others around the globe. Alongside the excitement of new technologies and the financial benefits, they also confront new dilemmas about how to carry out ethical work in today's professional landscape. Because of these changes (and sometimes, the threats to the traditions of the affected domains), young people come to their initial workplaces with a curious blend of ideals and cynicism. This article features the GoodWork[R] Project, which has explored the meaning of work in people's lives--the kinds of work people want to carry out, the values they bring to their work, and the strategies they use to confront difficult ethical dilemmas. The GoodWork Project has made a sustained attempt to move from research to practice--to adapt what the authors have learned from their own research, as well as existing theory and research, to develop practical tools and interventions that can be used in various educational settings. This article details how the authors have garnered many insights and cautionary notes along the way--effective ways to approach school administrators about their work, strategies that teachers can use to talk to students and parents, proven approaches that whole school communities can use to facilitate conversations about meaningful work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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