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Business education -- Study and teaching (Secondary);


This paper reviews what secondary business educators can do to restructure a business curriculum for the 21 st century and how they can do it effectively. It was written to describe today's workplace, the skills that employers are expecting workers to have, the current trends and reform evolving in high school business education, and the projects, strategies, and tools that can be used by business teachers to prepare students for success in the workplace. The literature review discusses the state of Iowa's 21 st century skills curriculum that was established in recent years. The skills curriculum includes employability skills, financial literacy, health literacy, and technology literacy. National business education standards are outlined and one strand of Iowa's Core Curriculum, Information Technology Standards is discussed. The paper describes how a curriculum such as information technology can be restructured to meet standards and help students develop effective employee skills. One Iowa high school's business curriculum is presented in the paper. This demonstrates what courses students can be offered, what they are taught in these courses, and how they are taught. This curriculum focuses on student learning and helps prepare them for a career pathway in an area such as information technology. The paper examines technologies being used by business educators, and how these and other strategies can be used effectively in the classroom that can be a part of the restructuring process and better prepare students for today's workplace.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of Instructional Technology

First Advisor

Leigh E. Zeitz

Second Advisor

J. Ana Donaldson


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