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Middle School Career Education –

Core Foundation
By Dr. Mary Askew http://www.hollandcodes.com

National Career Development Guidelines – Core Foundation

Teachers and counselors create middle school career education resources, career self assessment
tests and tools using the National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG). Career knowledge,
skills, and decision-making processes formulate the NCDG Guidelines.

The NCDG Guidelines framework has three domains, goals, and indicators of mastery under
each career development goal.

The three domains are:

* Personal Social Development (PS)

* Educational Achievement and Lifelong Learning (ED)

* Career Management (CM)

The learning competency stages are:

* Knowledge Acquisition (K). Youth and adults at the knowledge acquisition stage expand
knowledge, awareness and comprehension. They recall, recognize, describe, identify, clarify,
discuss, explain, summarize, query, investigate and compile new information about the

* Application (A). Youth and adults at the application stage apply acquired knowledge to
situations and to self. They seek out ways to use the knowledge. For example, they demonstrate,
employ, perform, illustrate and solve problems related to the knowledge.

* Reflection (R). Youth and adults at the reflection stage analyze, synthesize, judge, assess and
evaluate knowledge in accord with their own goals, values and beliefs. They decide whether or
not to integrate the acquired knowledge into their ongoing response to situations and adjusted
their behavior accordingly.

An example of the Personal Social Development Domain is:

* PS1.K2 Identify your abilities, strengths, skills, and talents.

* PS1.A2 Demonstrate use of your abilities, strengths, skills, and talents.

* PS1.R2 Assess the impact of your abilities, strengths, skills, and talents on your career


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