The Career Concept Map: ePortfolio Content and Critical Thinking Skills

Paul A. Fritz (University of Toledo, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 195
EISBN13: 9781466625860|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1933-3.ch009
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Abstract

Many undergraduates do little active reading about their intended professions. This becomes a problem when they interview with potential employers and cannot demonstrate their depth of knowledge about the job they seek. To help prevent this problem, the authors designed a semester-long project requiring the students to gather at least fifty news clippings from The Wall Street Journal about current issues in their careers. At semester’s end, students presented short speeches summarizing their career research on a concept map with two axes: North-South and East-West. They organized their presentations with evidence from their clippings in the map’s four quadrants: stories about jobs in this profession migrating to other countries, stories indicating jobs were being developed domestically, stories about a decreased need for jobs in the future, and stories about this profession’s increase of jobs. These clippings became documents for students’ ePortfolios.
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