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.
Ability to navigate a simple website and take online quizzes.
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.
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?"