Case Study: The Impact of Defined Careers on Engaging Middle School Students in Career Readiness
As part of a three-year research project following the implementation of Defined Careers in Broken Arrow Public Schools in Oklahoma, an independent research firm conducted an end-of-year survey across 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students. The purpose of the survey was to examine student perceptions about the Defined Careers career exploration ecosystem.
In this study, you'll learn how Defined Careers engaged middle school students in career exploration and experiences. We'll share feedback from students and teachers on the impact Defined Careers had on teaching and learning.
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Research has shown us that students should have a general idea of what they want to do for a career by the end of eighth grade. We need to immerse students in career exploration at an early age and allow them to explore careers more often. Defined Careers helps us do that without putting the bulk of the hard work on our teachers or counselors. We have found Defined Careers to be very user friendly and our teachers can use the program easily in their classroom. We hit the jackpot when we began using Defined Careers and I know our students will benefit from this program!- Sharon James, Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Broken Arrow Public Schools in Oklahoma
By using Defined Careers and taking a project-based approach to learning STEM content in the context of actual career scenarios, our students are more engaged in their learning. Defined Careers helps us provide our students with better learning experiences that lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the content.- Kasie Roden, Director of STEM Education,Grand Prairie Independent School District, Texas