Contextualization Toolkit: A Tool for Helping Low-Skilled Adults Gain Postsecondary Success

This resource helps practitioners better understand career pathways programs and expand practioners’ professional knowledge.

Rebecca Arnold
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Breaking Through, a collaboration between Jobs for the Future and the National Council for Workforce Education
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The Contextualization Toolkit is designed to help community colleges and other educators serve low-skilled adults through the use of contextualized learning. This approach integrates career subject matter with precollege skills development, allowing adult learners to get started more quickly on their chosen career path. For designers and implementers of contextualized learning courses, this toolkit offers a guide to the key characteristics of contextualized learning, concrete steps to take when designing their contextualization approach, strategies to engage students, considerations related to promoting contextualized learning at their institutions, tools to guide their work, and models from the Breaking Through colleges.

Benefits and Uses

Program developers will recognize various forms of contextualized instruction and will be able to select and replicate appropriate practices at their institutions.

Resource Notice

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.