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2015 - 2016

Florida Department of Education

Curriculum Framework



Course Title: Fundamentals of Government and Public Administration

Course Type: Orientation/Exploratory and Career Planning

Career Cluster: Government and Public Administration


Secondary – Middle School

Program Number

8900500

CIP Number

148900500M

Grade Level

6-8

Standard Length

Semester

Teacher Certification

TEC CONSTR @7 7G

ANY PUBLIC SERV OCC ED G



CTSO

N/A

CTE Program Resources

http://www.fldoe.org/academics/career-adult-edu/career-tech-edu/program-resources.stml



Purpose

The purpose of this course is to assist students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the Government and Public Administration career cluster. The content includes but is not limited to education and information services; natural resource management; public administration; social and economic services; urban, rural and community development; transportation industry; public safety, corrections and judicial services; national defense occupations. Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with the equipment, materials and technology appropriate to the course content and in accordance with current practices.


Florida Standards for English Language Development (ELD)

English language learners communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. ELD.K12.SI.1.1


English Language Development (ELD) Standards Special Notes:

Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting.   For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SI.pdf.

For additional information on the development and implementation of the ELD standards, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition at sala@fldoe.org.


Additional Information relevant to this Career and Technical Education (CTE) program is provided at the end of this document.


Standards

After successfully completing this program, the student will be able to perform the following:




  1. Apply concepts of geography used in government and public administration.

  2. Describe the functions of government and public administration.

  3. Describe communication formats used to facilitate the exchange of ideas in government and public administration.

  4. Discuss the governmental policy making process.

  5. Discuss the importance of health, safety and environmental management systems in government and public administration.

  6. Develop and present persuasive arguments on political and/or social topics.

  7. Manage leadership and communication skills.

  8. Demonstrate good work habits, and career planning.

  9. Integrate the use of science, mathematics, reading, geography, history, writing, and communication.

  10. Identify components of network systems.

  11. Describe and use communication features of information technology.

2015 - 2016

Florida Department of Education

Student Performance Standards




Course Title: Fundamentals of Government and Public Administration

Course Number: 8900500

Course Credit: Semester




Course Description:

This course is designed to provide instruction that explores the tasks, training, education and physical requirements of occupations in the Government and Public Administration career cluster. The content is constructed to develop competencies in the areas of graphic tools and techniques; functions and forms of government and public administration and the mechanics of developing and implementing policy and law.




CTE Standards and Benchmarks

  1. Apply concepts of geography used in government and public administration – the student will be able to:

    1. Identify graphic tools and technologies used in government and public administration occupations.

    1. Locate places and regions using maps and globes.

    1. Create maps and graphs to display geographic information.

  1. Describe the functions of government and public administration – the student will be able to:

    1. Discuss the various forms of governance.

    1. Define the concepts of authority, rights, and responsibility in government and public administration.

  1. Describe communication formats used to facilitate the exchange of ideas in government and public administration – the student will be able to:

    1. Identify public issues at the local, state and national levels.

    1. Debate a public issue of importance to your community

    1. Debate a public issue impacting the state and/or nation.

    1. Make a presentation explaining the impact of a national public issue on your local community.

    1. Conduct an interview on a state public issue

  1. Discuss the governmental policy making process – the student will be able to:

    1. Explain the difference between the legislative branch and executive branch of government.

    1. Explain the role of the legislature.

    1. Explain the role of congress.

    1. Discuss how bills become laws.

    1. Identify organizations that engage in the political process.

    1. Develop a public policy and explain the benefits to the community

  1. Discuss the importance of health, safety and environmental management systems in government and public administration – the student will be able to:

    1. Identify possible risk of injury/illness in the workplace.

    1. Identify safety signs and symbols.

    1. Create and present a solution to address risk of injury/illness in the workplace.

    1. Identify hazards in the workplace.

    1. Identify the government agencies responsible for providing a safe workplace.

    1. Create a presentation for employees on preparedness for a safe environment.

  1. Develop and present persuasive arguments on political and/or social topics – The student will be able to:

    1. Identify differing political or social perspectives on a public policy impacting the local community.

    1. Research and present a perspective on a policy

    1. Debate a public policy.

  1. Manage leadership and communication skills. – The student will be able to:

    1. Compare the characteristics and responsibilities of organizational leaders.

    1. Demonstrate parliamentary procedure skills during a meeting.

    1. Participate on a committee which has an assigned task and report to the class.

    1. Demonstrate effective communication skills through delivery of a speech or conducting a demonstration.

    1. Use a computer to assist in the completion of a project.

  1. Demonstrate good work habits, and career planning – The student will be able to:

    1. Identify attitudes and habits necessary to achieve career success.

    1. Describe personality aspects to consider when choosing a career.

    1. Identify the basic steps in career planning.

    1. Identify and research careers within a specific area of government or public administration.

  1. Integrate the use of science, mathematics, reading, geography, history, writing, and communication – The student will be able to:

    1. Apply basic mathematics operations to solve problems.

    1. Correctly use measuring devices and utilize measurements.

    1. Prepare written and/or oral materials using correct English grammar.

    1. Identify the main idea in oral presentations and/or written materials.

    1. Locate, organize, and interpret information from a variety of sources.

    1. Describe the historical evolution of government and public administration.

  1. Identify components of network systems – the student will be able to:

    1. Identify structure to access internet, including hardware and software components.

    1. Identify and configure user customization features in web browsers, including preferences, caching, and cookies.

    1. Recognize essential database concepts.

    1. Define and use additional networking and internet services.

  1. Describe and use communication features of information technology – the student will be able to:

    1. Define important internet communications protocols and their roles in delivering basic Internet services.

    1. Identify basic principles of the Domain Name System (DNS).

    1. Identify security issues related to Internet clients.



Additional Information




Laboratory Activities

Laboratory investigations that include scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, emerging technologies, tools and equipment, as well as, experimental, quality, and safety procedures are an integral part of this career and technical program/course. Laboratory investigations benefit all students by developing an understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of empirical work, as well as the skills required to manage, operate, calibrate and troubleshoot equipment/tools used to make observations. Students understand measurement error; and have the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the resulting data. Equipment and supplies should be provided to enhance hands-on experiences for students.



Special Notes

The length of this course is one semester.  It may be offered for two semesters when appropriate. When offered for one semester, it is recommended that it be at the exploratory level and more in-depth when offered for two semesters.



Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)

FPSA is the inter-curricular career and technical student organization(s) providing leadership training and reinforcing specific career and technical skills. Career and Technical Student Organizations provide activities for students as an integral part of the instruction offered. The activities of such organizations are defined as part of the curriculum in accordance with Rule 6A-6.065, F.A.C.



Accommodations

Federal and state legislation requires the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities as identified on the secondary student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 plan or postsecondary student’s accommodations’ plan to meet individual needs and ensure equal access. Accommodations change the way the student is instructed. Students with disabilities may need accommodations in such areas as instructional methods and materials, assignments and assessments, time demands and schedules, learning environment, assistive technology and special communication systems. Documentation of the accommodations requested and provided should be maintained in a confidential file.


In addition to accommodations, some secondary students with disabilities (students with an IEP served in Exceptional Student Education (ESE)) will need modifications to meet their needs. Modifications change the outcomes or what the student is expected to learn, e.g., modifying the curriculum of a secondary career and technical education course. Note: postsecondary curriculum and regulated secondary programs cannot be modified.

Additional Resources

For additional information regarding articulation agreements, Bright Futures Scholarships, Fine Arts/Practical Arts Credit and Equivalent Mathematics and Equally Rigorous Science Courses please refer to:



http://www.fldoe.org/academics/career-adult-edu/career-tech-edu/program-resources.stml




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