Web Exercise #1: I Want to Be an Early Childhood Educator
LO 15.1 Describe what children learn during early childhood and in elementary school.
Some students may be taking this class because they want to become early childhood educators. The purpose of this exercise is to encourage students to explore the process of becoming an early childhood educator. Use the following websites to explore this job:
- What kinds of degrees do people need to have a career in early childhood education?
- What kinds of jobs can a person get with each type of degree in early childhood education?
- About how much does a person make with each degree in early childhood education?
- Describe the findings of research on pre-kindergarten. How do these findings compare with the research discussed in the textbook?
- After completing this exercise, are you interested in getting a degree in early education? Why or why not?
- If you were an early childhood educator, how would you make a difference?
Web Exercise #2: Scholarships for Nontraditional Students
LO 15.2 Discuss the influences of secondary and postsecondary education on adjustment.
Directions: This activity can be done individually or in small groups. Chapter 15 discusses adults who return to higher education and the challenges they face. Often, they struggle to juggle their family life, career, and education. They need more time to study and often do not know about opportunities provided for students like them. The purpose of this activity is to explore these opportunities. Visit the following websites and answer the following questions.
- Did you realize these opportunities exist?
- What advice would you give people who say they cannot go to college because they cannot afford it?
Web Exercise #3: Job Satisfaction
LO 15.4 Compare the transition to work with the transition to retirement in terms of influence on satisfaction and adjustment.
Directions: This activity may be done individually or in small groups. Chapter 15 discusses job satisfaction in adulthood and the contextual factors that may influence it. The purpose of this assignment is to explore job satisfaction in middle adulthood. First, students should view the following website: http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/jobs-rated-2014-ranking-200-jobs-best-worst
Find the job you hope to have one day (if it is there).
- Is your job on the list?
- How stressful is the job?
- What do you think the stressors of this job are? Why?
- What contextual factors do you think would lead to a person having less stress?
- What contextual factors do you think would lead to a person having more stress?
- What contextual factors do you think would lead to a person being more satisfied with this job?
- What contextual factors do you think would lead to a person being less satisfied with this job?
Web Exercise #4: Inequality in Retirement
Directions: This activity may be done individually or in small groups. Chapter 15 discusses retirement planning and its effects on adjustment and retirement. By now, students should know that some contextual factors determine how well someone adjusts to retirement. Women and minorities will not have as much saved as the average white male. The purpose of this assignment is to examine inequality in retirement and to encourage students to think about planning for their own retirement. View the following websites and then answer the questions.
- Why do women and minorities have less money for retirement?
- Discuss 3 things you did not know before reading these websites.
- What stood out to you the most? Why?
- Did this assignment make you think about your own retirement? Why or why not?
- How did reading the information on these websites benefit you?