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Higher Order Assessment

Blooms Taxonomy
The Career Choices & Changes curriculum is unlike any other teaching tool used today. In contrast to the didactic prose of other textbooks that deliver knowledge in a passive “tell-me” format, the Career Choices & Changes/® model is a series of interactive charts, activities, questions, and surveys in a carefully developed scope and sequence. Using the Socratic method of questioning (on paper) rather than lecturing (found in didactic text), this approach fosters the development of the critical thinking skills required in today’s workforce. 

The workbook and online material walk students through a step-by-step process that provides the foundation for determining – with confidence – their routes to the life, career, and education plans that match their personal goals and ideals. In this course of action, they learn a decision-making process that can be used throughout their lives when making any life-defining choices.

Understandably, this is a complex process that requires the application of higher-order thought: analysis, synthesis, creativity, and strategic thinking. As they make what are probably some of the most important decisions of their lives, learners are required to continually review the information and personal data collected in earlier chapters (Section One: Who am I? Section Two: What do I want?) and apply that knowledge and understanding in later chapters (Section Three: How do I get it?) while developing their quantitative and meaningful 10-year plans.

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Blooms Taxonomy

Each of the documents and plans can be graded as authentic assessments as noted in the graphic to the left.

Keep in mind that® is not an e-book. It is a digital, data-driven online platform that collects personalized data throughout the course and transforms it into a variety of valuable documents that can be used for assessment and grading. 

These include:

  • My 10-year Plan summary page that can be quickly reviewed by instructors and advisors to personalize their work with each student. 
  • The student’s 10-year Plan and Portfolio report that can serve as an authentic assessment for grading/midterms/finals in addition to rich content for interviews, personal essays for college, and workforce recruiting.
  • My Skills Inventory, which is a dynamic digital chart that collects data throughout the course and helps students develop a their learning plans and prepare of interviews.
  • Skills-based Education Plan related to their chosen career paths.
  • Your Lifestyle Budget Plan detailing the lifestyle they envision for themselves and therefore the educational commitment required in order to match these aspirations. 
  • Career Interest Surveys that helps the learner track personal and career specific data to find those careers that match their skills, aptitudes, goals and dreams discovered throughout the course.
  • Career Backup Plan that provides the flexibility roadmap required in today’s ever-changing workforce