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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: The Work Ethic Site
Submitted by: Trish Nelson on Feb 06, 2003
Date Last Modified: Feb 06, 2003
Title: What are Work Ethics?
Description: Engages students in thoughts about conception, growth, and maintenance of continuing work ethics as part of a job-readiness or professional development learning unit. Allows jumping-off point for in-class or forum-based online discussion of materials and personal opinion/experience.
Type of Task: Core activity, Individual, Student-centered, Unsupervised
Time Required 30 min - 1 hour per lesson (6 total) dependent on complexity of text and assignments
Topics: Work ethics
Community building
Self-assessment
Job-readiness
Course: Business Success Strategies
Audience: College General Ed, High School, Professional
Categories:
Prerequisites Skills: Ability to navigate a simple website and take online quizzes.
Learning Objectives: Students will learn about their own work ethic while studying changes in the workplace during the information age. Discussion will combine generic western work ethic theory with diverse student experience.
Technical Notes: Requires student to be able to switch between page navigation styles within lessons (navigation is not consistent throughout).
Text of Learning Exercise: Complete all lessons as presented on the website, adding the following
discussion questions after the final assignment in each lesson (modify
vocabulary as needed):

Lesson 1
"While you were answering yes or no to these statements, did you feel that you
should answer the opposite so that you would be 'right'? Why might we feel that
way when we give our opinions? Can an opinion be wrong?"

Lesson 2
"The lesson states that 'the work ethic is a cultural norm.' What does this
mean? What culture(s) do you think the lessons you've read is (are) geared
toward? Do you have to share the values of the normative culture to be
successful in a job?"

Lesson 3
Assignment 1 can be modified or deleted as desired. "Keeping in mind the
normative culture we defined in lesson 2, will everyone we meet in the workplace
have the same 'habits, manners, appearance, and behaviors' we expect them to
have? Why or why not? How might you relate to someone who is quite different
from you in one or more of these respects?"

Lesson 4
"Does everyone in a workplace have the same level of drive and initiative as
described in this lesson? Why or why not? Can there be other definitions? If you
come from a culture in which these traits are subdued, should you be expected
to develop them?"

Lesson 5
"How do the ideas about dependability expressed in this lesson relate to
people's responsibilities outside of the workplace? Think about parents, people
with chronic illnesses, and people whose values differ from our definition of
the normative culture."

Lesson 6
"Describe your strengths and weaknesses. How do your strengths make you a good
candidate for a job? How do you deal with or compensate for your weaknesses?"
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