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A cooperative research project.

Key Players

  • B. Kostial: Eighth grade language arts teacher
  • B. Shenefiel: Librarian

Additional possible key players:
  • N. Rodgers: Guidance Counselor
  • M. DeBrucky: Learning Support
  • S. Todd: Technology Coordinator
  • L. McCormack: Computer teacher
  • J. Mihok: Curriculum Director
  • J. Beisenkamp: Tech Ed. Teacher


  • have the students research to see what kinds of careers are out there.
  • check with Rodgers about doing career/personality testing
  • have to choose a career to research more in depth
  • interview someone in the field
  • work in groups to create resource wikis for the different job sectors (This wiki should include a podcast either about a certain career or containing the interview.)
  • write an informational essay about their chosen career. (Graded according to the state rubric.)
  • create brochures/powerpoint presentations about their career (either in groups or individually.)
  • have a career day (or career fair, or something like that) where the students present their powerpoints and brochures share what they've learned.
  • follow up with some type of activity where the students can share what they learned about the other careers presented at the career day (not their own.)
  • check with DeBrucky, and McCormack to see to what extent they want to be involved


Information Literacy

The student will:
  1. recognize the need for information
  2. recognize that accurate and comprehensive information is the basis for intellegent decision making
  3. formulate questions based on information needs
  4. identify a variety of potential sources of information
  5. develop and use successful strategies for locating information
  6. determine accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness of information
  7. distinguish among fact, point of view, and opinion
  8. identify inaccurate or misleading information
  9. select information appropriate to the problem or question at hand
  10. organize information for practical application
  11. integrate new infromation into one's own knowledge
  12. apply information in critical thinking and problem solving
  13. produce and communicate information and ideas in appropriate formats
  14. seek information related to various dimensions of personal well being, specifically career intrests
  15. design, develop and evaluate infromation products and solutions relate dto personal issues
  16. assess the quality of the process and products of personal information seeking
  17. devise strategies for revising, improving, and updating self-generated knolwedge
  18. seek infromation from diverse sources, context, disciplines and cultures
  19. respect the principles of intellectual freedom
  20. respect individual property rights
  21. use information technology responsibly
  22. share knolwedge and information with others
  23. respect others' ideas and backgrounds and acknowledge their contributions
  24. collaborate with other both in personand through technologies to identify problems and seek their solutions
  25. collaborate with others both in person and through technologies to design, develop, aand evaluate information products and solutions








  1. Brainstorm jobs/careers
  2. Take career interest surveys (Rodgers)
  3. Based on surveys, have the students decide upon logical groupings for wiki collaboration


We will be using the Big6 method of problem solving to conduct research on specific careers. The students will research a chosen career and then work with those who have similar disciplines to create a career pathfinder wiki. As