Students taking ‘Careers in Education’ course showcasing their work at Dec. 14 poster fair

UW–Madison students who are taking the course, Education Policy 202: Careers in Education, will be showcasing their work during a poster fair in the Morgridge Commons of the Education Building on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

This is a final project for the students, who will be practicing their newfound academic poster presentation skills discussing their major paper, which is to focus on how one of three forces (inequality, the pandemic, climate change) is impacting their career of choice. The poster fair runs from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

This course is designed to help students explore topics related to careers in education. First, the course involves an examination of the different types of careers available in education and similar professions, and the skills required to succeed. The class also includes a review of theoretical perspectives on career development and workplace skills, and how contextual forces such as the COVID-19 pandemic, inequality and racism, and climate change are actively shaping these phenomena. The course also strongly emphasizes writing, with workshops and hands-on assignments designed to strengthen one’s writing process and mastery of the academic essay genre.

“I think this course further develops my communication and public speaking skills, which I feel pretty confident about now,” says Xinyi Zhang, a senior who is majoring in education studies through the Department of Educational Policy Studies. “And though it is my first time making a research poster, I found this activity really interesting, because you get a totally different experience transforming a research paper into a poster than just writing a research paper.”

The course is being taught by Matt Hora, an associate professor of adult and higher education with the Division of Continuing Studies and with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies.

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