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Connecting Mathematics and Science to Workplace Contexts

Connecting Mathematics and Science to Workplace Contexts
A Guide to Curriculum Materials

June 1999 | 272 pages | Corwin

Engage students through real-world curriculum

It's no accident that employers complain that newly minted graduates are out of touch with the realities of work demands! Too often, there is a disconnect between what is taught in the classroom and what is demanded in the workplace, and students suffer the consequences. Mathematics and science curricula can play a critical role in solving this dilemma.

In this comprehensive review of 23 exemplary curricula/programs, the authors offer an easy-to-use guide for tying curriculum to workplace experiences—from a hematology laboratory to an agricultural setting to a soda bottling company—these programs illustrate concrete real-life situations to which students can relate and derive motivation.

Learn how to:

  • Meet the goals of science, mathematics, and technology education
  • Meet national curriculum standards
  • Chart key characteristics of successful curricula
  • Connect curriculum to workplace contexts
  • Create your own curriculum materials

This book is a must for mathematics and science educators, curriculum developers and supervisors, and educators in school-to-work programs and vocational courses.



Senta Raizen and Margaret Vickers
Why Should Mathematics and Science Connect to Workplace Contexts?
Six Ways that Curriculum Materials Can Connect to Workplace Contexts
How Materials Were Selected and Reviewed
Reviews of Mathematics Curricula
Reviews of Science and Integrated Curricula

"A valuable asset to vocational and traditional educators who wish to make their curriculum more relevant." 

Brian C. Bertrand
State University of New York, Potsdam

"A distinct contribution for science and math educators looking to link their academics to real-life applications." 

Maria Found
Brewster Academy, New Hampshire

"Very timely! School-to-work and tech prep programs are being developed in virtually every corner of the country." 

Jeanelle Bland Hodges
University of Alabama

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