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Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v83 n8 p34-38 Nov-Dec 2008

With approximately 2,500 students dropping out of U.S. high schools every day, there exists a need to align classroom instruction with corresponding real world applications. In order to keep students' motivation high and help ensure high levels of validity in instruction, core curriculum instructors and career and technical education (CTE) instructors should work together to connect workplace skills and classroom instruction, especially for traditionally difficult areas of study such as math. Math skills are essential for individuals who decide to work in the building construction industry as carpenters. To these individuals, math is an integral, inseparable part of the daily tasks of their careers. If carpenters cannot perform certain vital math operations, their careers will be short-lived. To better prepare students for an entry-level position as a carpenter, the author suggests that educators at the high school level must first learn what math skills and operations are used in the frequent tasks of carpenters in the building construction industry. With this information, these institutions can modify their programs to ensure students are receiving the proper math training. The author also presents the results of his study about the perceptions of local carpenters regarding: (1) the most frequent tasks performed by carpenters; (2) the processes involved in completing those tasks; and (3) the math operations embedded in those tasks. The author concludes by stressing the need to equip high school students with basic math skills in order to better prepare them for future employment. (Contains 2 tables.)

Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Construction Industry, Vocational Education, Job Skills, High School Students, Relevance (Education), Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Skills, Integrated Curriculum

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-826-9972; Tel: 703-683-3111; Fax: 703-683-7424; Web site: http://www.acteonline.org





Author: Mohr, Cory

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5188&id=EJ829495







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