DICP Resources: Designing Contextualized Instruction
Submitted by Donna Brian on December 10, 2013 - 4:45pm
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This week the Career Pathways and the Postsecondary Completion Communities of Practice will be highlighting the resources from Adult Career Pathways dealing with Designing Contextualized Instruction. As with the other topics we have featured from the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways (DICP) resources, we have a webcast, an online course, some articles from DICP newsletters, and several online resources to share from this collection.
The webcast is a panel discussion sponsored by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) of the Department of Education (ED) and took place on September 26 of this year at the COABE 2013 Conference in New Orleans. The webcast featured a panel of speakers: Cheryl Keenan, the Director of Adult Education and Literacy in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education; Hope Cotner, Vice President of Community College Initiatives Center for Occupational Research and Development; and Carlynn Miller-Gore, ABE/ESL Instructor, Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning, St. Paul Public Schools. The webcast was moderated by Laura Lanier, Project Director, Designing Instruction for Career Pathways. Online, the webcast is presented in six parts. In the first four parts, participants discussed their strategies, tips, and experiences in designing contextualized instruction. In the last two parts the panelists responded to questions from the attendees and the online audience.
The DICP resources on designing contextualized instruction that have been added to the Career Pathways resource collection are many! Just limiting the search to 2009 and later called up 18 resources. Many of these are specific to a particular career pathway. There are food management, pharmacy, welding, certified nursing assistant, other health related areas, commercial truck driver, etc.! Most of these specific resources are examples of lessons that teach a specific skill needed in that career cluster or pathway such as the lesson titled, “ABE Contextualized Math Modules: Driving a Truck—Reading Maps, Computing Distance, and Figuring Gas Mileage”. There are additional resources that discuss contextualized instruction in general, and I’ll review those tomorrow.
As in previous weeks, please reply with any comments you have about the resources in particular or the topic of designing contextualized instruction in general, letting us have the benefit of your experience and expertise.
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