Project 2: Career Information Knowledge Database

Logo General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Learning Outcomes
Proposal Objectives
Resource Connections
Evaluation
General Impact of Proposal

  General Information

Lead teacher for this Project will be Elroy Grandy, Learning Resources/Technology Teacher at Partanna Academy. The students involved will include all students at the Grade 9 level. All of them will have on-line experience to help search and select relevant material from Internet sites. Because each year bring a new group of Grade 9 students, the Project can be reconstituted each September, and extended with each passing year.

The Project will commence in September, 1996, and hopefully be restarted at the same time in succeeding school years.

  Project Overview

Part of the Grade 9 curriculum is a course called Career Exploration. This Course provides students finishing Jr. High opportunities to discuss and discover information related to possible career choices. They take this information into the High School Program and use it make course selections.

Resources for the "Career Exploration" Course include a teacher's guide and students' workbook. The Program is designed to take advantage of professional people within the community who are willing to share their professional knowledge.

The only other resources are whatever videos, movies and filmstrips and print the teacher can find. Many of these often are not very current. This Proposal is designed to add to those resources, a list of Internet sites that offer more current information about a wider range of professions.

This information will be shared by being compiled into a database in both print and homepage design. The print resource will be use as an in-class discussion and research tool while the homepage will allow all grade 9 students in the Province, and elsewhere, who have internet access to use the information database.

  Curriculum Connections

This Project will address most areas of the Curriculum. The most obvious will include Language Arts, Research skills, keyboarding and word processing.

  Learning Outcomes

Intended learning outcomes of the Career Explorations Course include:

The student will:

  1. explore occupation clusters to develop an understanding of their characteristics and the relationships of jobs.

  2. develop an awareness of the social, personal, and economic significance of differing types of work.

  3. identify interests, abilities, aptitudes, needs and values as they are related to vocational choices.

  4. identify working conditions related to various occupational groups, education, and preparation required for job entry.

  5. identify senior high school preparation programs related to occupational interest areas as part of educational planning.

  6. acquire initial job search skills.

  Proposal Objectives

The student will:

  1. use the Internet to gather and share information related to careers and professions.

  2. develop a homepage to share information related to choosing a career complete with links to appropriate internet sites.

  3. develop a print resource listing World Wide Web Sites that offer appropriate information related to choosing a career.

  4. develop a print resource providing a detailed sampling of information gathered from Internet sites related to choosing a career.

  Resource Connections

Without the STELLAR School Internet Connection, this project will not be possible. Only such communication capability will allow Grade 9 students to operationalize the Proposal objectives as laid out above.

  Evaluation

Evaluation of the Project will be done by examining the stated objectives. The following checklist will serve to determine if objectives have been met:

The student:

  1. used the Internet to gather and share information related to careers and professions;

  2. developed a homepage to share including information related to choosing a career complete with links to appropriate internet sites.

  3. developed a print resource listing World Wide Web Sites that offer appropriate information related to choosing a career.

  4. developed a print resource providing a detailed sampling of information gathered from Internet sites related to choosing a career.
  General Impact of Proposal

General impact of the Project on the school and curriculum can be accurately accessed by determining the amount of interest displayed by student participants and the career-choice level of awareness displayed.

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