WHAT YOU NEED
WHAT TO DO
Explain to students that they are sampling the working population, that is, targeting only a small part of the actual number of workers. Encourage students to suggest ways they might learn more about the kinds of jobs available in their area; for example, using classified ads and the Yellow Pages. Some students, especially those who would find it difficult to conduct interviews, might instead use the newspaper for their research.
Help students transfer the information they gather to a computer database or to large index cards. Discuss the best way to enter the information so that it can be sorted; for example, by type (service or product) or by specific job title. Pose various questions (for example, about the number of jobs in a specific area) and have students organize the information in ways that answer the questions.
Challenge students to conduct more thorough job interviews and use them to prepare written job descriptions. Groups of students with a common interest in a particular job can meet and discuss what appeals to them about the work.
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