Program Objectives


Component 1: Critical Thinking Skills

Given a topic/situation or the opportunity to select a topic, the student will define and classify the problem(s), make connections, and draw distinctions, analyze information objectively and critically, reflectively developing a relationship between facts and values, and differentiate beliefs and what is true from his/her understanding of what is logically and realistically possible.

Component 2: Creativity

Given a real life situation, the student will be able to select from divergent thinking, analogical thinking, visualization, attribute listing, morphological analysis, synetics, intuitive thinking, spontaneous thinking, creative problem solving, and/or the creative process in an appropriate manner to develop a workable solution(s).

Component 3: Group Dynamics

Give a real problem the student in the role of a group leader will select an appropriate leadership style and effectively work with group members identifying group goal and objectives, generating ideas for possible solutions, developing strategies for obtaining acceptance for the solution(s), keeping the group on task, identifying the ethical implications of the process and decision(s) of the group, using effective communication skills and appropriate interpersonal skills.

Given a real problem the student as a member of the group will participate in selecting group goals and objectives, generating ideas for the solution(s), using interpersonal skills and effective communication skills to try to gain acceptance for the idea(s) the student considers to be best, taking a stand for personal convictions, recognizing and pointing out to others in the group the ethical implications of the idea(s) being considered, and effectively working toward the agreed upon goals and objectives of the group.

Component 4: Affective Skills/Personal Development

The student will

Given the need to retrieve and/or disseminate information, the student will select and utilize the most appropriate media based upon available resources, technology, audience, and time available, for the most effective communication of information.

The student will


Component 5: Visual and Performing Arts

The student will

Component 6: Career Exploration and Life Skills

The student will

explore a wide variety of careers and life skills.
develop an appreciation for the visual and performing arts and will analyze and appropriately apply components of the visual and performing arts.
develop the ability to productively relate to others and the ability to make effective decisions.
develop the ability to access one’s own feelings, discriminate among them, and draw on them to guide behavior.