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Career Pathways: A Goal Directed Instructional Design Plan


Career Pathways: A Goal Directed Instructional Design Plan

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This is a lesson plan designed to help students understand what the six Career Pathways are and to begin to be able to answer the question, “Is this career path right for me?” Six different Career Pathways and corresponding occupations are examined – Arts and Communication,  Business, Management, Marketing & Technology, Engineering/Manufacturing & Industrial Technology, Health Sciences, Human Services, Natural Resources and Agriscience. These groupings provide a manageable way for... More
Material Type: Assignment
Technical Format: PDF
Date Added to MERLOT: January 30, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 03, 2014
Keywords: Health Sciences, occupations, Human Services, Engineering/Manufacturing & Industrial Technology, Business Management Marketing & Technology, Natural Resources and Agriscience, career pathways, Arts and Communication


  • Editor Review avg: 5 rating
  • User Rating: 4.67 user rating
  • Discussion (3 Comments)
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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School
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Language: English
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Avatar for Teresa Madyun
3 years ago

Teresa Madyun (Student)

Great descriptions of the various career paths for students.  I love the use of online links to enhance the lesson.   Clearly describes the problem and what NET’s will be covered.  Lesson will give students a good grasp of career options available.  I totally plan to use this lesson for my students.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for Jeffrey Powers
3 years ago

Jeffrey Powers (Teacher (K-12))

This is such an important topic to get kids thinking about early. The topic should be inherently motivating (maybe not to 8th graders, yet). It addresses several learning styles and instructional strategies. I found the focus on transferable knowledge and skills an important point stated as a need and goal in addition to focusing on specific jobs. Allowing students to work in groups allows for more discussion, exploration, and reflection than if doing assignment alone. I like the use of a spreadsheet or table to summarize and apply their knowledge rather than paper and pencil. It allows for quick revisions as group discussion progresses. I would have liked to have seen an example of what career information the students were provided to classify.

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A link on the site to a PDF  file was broke.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Dawn Smith Harris
3 years ago

Dawn Smith Harris (Teacher (K-12))

This lesson was highly engaging and meaningful for my 8th grade students.  There is some preparation involved.  You need to look up descriptions for the Career Pathways and make sentence strips for that part of the activity.  The websites provided are high quality and easy to use.

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