The Glossary section provides a list of terms that are used throughout the T-STEM Academy Design Blueprint. As you meet with other academy leaders and T-STEM Coaches, attend professional development events, and speak with the T-STEM Centers, the terms listed in this section will be used frequently. To ensure clarity of the terms, a brief definition accompanies each of the words listed. In addition, some hyperlinks have been added as additional resources for some of the terms listed. If there is a term not listed that you would like further clarification on, please feel free to contact us.
Job shadowing is a work experience option where students learn about a job by walking through the work day as a shadow to a competent worker. The job shadowing work experience is a temporary, unpaid exposure to the workplace in an occupational area of interest to the student. Students witness firsthand the work environment, employability, occupational skills in practice, the value of professional training, and potential career options. Job shadowing is designed to increase career awareness, help model student behavior through examples, and reinforce in the student the link between classroom learning and work requirements. Job shadowing is limited in that allows students to observe only; direct work experience, responsibility and skills are not acquired. Integration of school and work is implied in job shadowing (Paris & Mason, 1995, p. 47).