Career and Technology Foundations (CTF)

Career and Technology Foundations Research Overview

Alberta Education has embarked on a re-imagining of education to best meet the emerging needs of Alberta students. A focus on “transforming education in Alberta has resulted in research into new ways of learning, new approaches to teaching and a restructuring of curriculum.” The emerging Curriculum Framework - based on student development of competencies in a renewed system that provides choice, flexibility and higher levels of engagement - is a focus in the provincial draft curriculum for Career and Technology Foundations Projects for Grades 5 – 9.

Alberta Education approved a proposal by Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools that would see the Division embark on an innovative research project to analyse and test completed CTF projects in classroom, create new ones and adapt existing ones and to apply the new Competency Based Curriculum Framework dimensions to the CTF projects.

What is Career and Technology Foundations?

Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) is a optional program of studies for Grades 5 through Grade 9 that allows students to discover and explore their interests and passions and to build skills so they may make reasonable career choices in the future.

Benefits for Students

CTF provides students the opportunity to:

  • Explore personal areas of interest to discover their passions
  • Engage in active and hands-on learning by creating real-life products, presentations or services
  • Connect learning from core subjects, such as mathematics and science to practical projects
  • Understand the relevance of school to personal career goals
  • Manage their own learning

CTF is best delivered through project-based learning. Project based learning also know as inquiry-based learning is an instructional approach built on authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. These activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect all of the types of learning and work people do in an the everyday world outside the classroom.

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