Applications of Working and Learning: Making education more relevant by supporting educators - Showing educators how the skills they teach are used in the workplace (2000)

The Applications of Working and Learning (AWAL) Project helps middle and secondary school teachers and student teachers connect the curriculum they teach in the classroom with the application of that knowledge in the workplace.

Supported by the British Columbia Ministry of Education and the federal government, AWAL helps instructors of such academic subjects as math, English, and social studies raise their awareness and understanding of the importance of developing students’ employability skills through their education. AWAL also engages educators in developing innovative ways to modify what they are already doing in order to incorporate skills development more effectively in their classrooms.

AWAL places pairs of teachers in a variety of business and industry workplaces. They conduct an interview with a representative from human resources or management, and then record their observations.

That interview is usually followed by a tour of the work site, and an interview with a frontline employee to gather information about their use of math, computers, critical thinking, teamwork, and communications skills. Educators learn firsthand about the knowledge and skills today’s workers really need to do their jobs effectively.

In the final part of their AWAL activity, the teachers complete a reflection session to help them connect their work-site experience with the curriculum they teach, with the goal of creating two classroom “seed ideas.”

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Kurtis Kitagawa. Applications of Working and Learning: Making education more relevant by supporting educators - Showing educators how the skills they teach are used in the workplace 2000. Web. 25 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/applications_of_working/applications_of_working.pdf>
Kurtis Kitagawa (2000). Applications of Working and Learning: Making education more relevant by supporting educators - Showing educators how the skills they teach are used in the workplace. Retrieved November 25, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/applications_of_working/applications_of_working.pdf
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