Working, 4th Edition

  • Larry J. Bailey Carbondale, IL
  • ISBN-10: 0538444029  |  ISBN-13: 9780538444026
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2003, 1997, 1990
  • © 2007 | Published
  • List Price = $ 107.95
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Are you prepared to succeed? WORKING is about more than just workplace skills, it's a guide that shows you how to plan your career, manage your money, and live independently. Plus, it's got the up-to-date information on which careers are booming and which aren't, and how to decide if one's right for you. From listening skills to problem solving to time management, this textbook makes it simple to learn the skills you need to succeed.

Features and Benefits

  • Complete set of ancillaries available to assist teachers in lesson preparation and enhance student learning.
  • Text covers a large variety of occupations, techniques for finding and utilizing job leads, critical SCANS skills, listening skills, and time management.
  • Text covers occupations in the digital age, showing students many new and exciting career options.
  • Math Connection and Communication at Work features reinforce the basic skills necessary for life and work.
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Table of Contents

1. Learning about Work.
2. The Job Ahead.
3. Looking for a Job.
4. Applying for a Job.
5. Interviewing for a Job.
6. Beginning a New Job.
7. Expectations of Employers.
8. Worker Rights and Protections.
9. Human Relations at Work.
10. Earnings and Job Advancement.
11. Appearance on the Job.
12. Career Decision Making.
13. Information About Yourself.
14. Career Information.
15. Communication Skills.
16. Math and Measurement Skills.
17. Safety Skills.
18. Leadership Skills.
19. Computer and Technology Skills.
20. Entrepreneurial Skills.
21. Our Economic World.
22. The Consumer in the Marketplace.
23. Banking and Credit.
24. Budgeting, Saving, and Investing Money.
25. Insuring Against Loss.
26. Taxes and Taxation.
27. Social Security and IRAs.
28. The Legal System.
29. Where to Live.
30. Healthful Living.
31. Responsible Citizenship.
32. Education for Lifelong Learning.

What's New

  • Career Cluster Search uses Gale�s Student Resource Center database to give students more possibilities for future careers.
  • Net Bookmarks feature provides online activities for students to go beyond the book.
  • Life-Span Plan Project links all aspects of personal finance to the student's life in a capstone project.
  • Career Cluster icons showing the U.S. Department of Education�s 16 career clusters have been added at point of use.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + Adobe PDF eBook on CD

ISBN-10: 0324818920 | ISBN-13: 9780324818925

List Price = $109.95  | CengageBrain Price = $109.95


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource Box  (ISBN-10: 0538444126 | ISBN-13: 9780538444125)

The Instructor’s Resource Box includes Workbook Instructor’s Edition, Chapter Tests with Solutions, Cooperative Education Handbook, Career Cluster Search, and six Teaching Tools Supplements.

List Price = $552.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $409.50

ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 053844407X | ISBN-13: 9780538444071)

Create quizzes, study guides, and tests easily and quickly with ExamView. This computerized testing tool allows you to create paper and online tests and is ideal for building tests, worksheets, and study guides (practice tests). This assessment solution saves time while creating and grading tests, and improves student results by focusing on specific learning objectives.

DVD  (ISBN-10: 053844410X | ISBN-13: 9780538444101)

This new DVD contains short, engaging clips that motivate students to learn.

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0538444061 | ISBN-13: 9780538444064)

Now all instructor materials are available on one convenient and easy-to-use CD. Designed to help facilitate classroom instruction, this CD has instructor files unique to the textbook. A variety of ancillaries are included to provide online resources, web-based solutions, and application files. All of these tools can help motivate students and enhance their knowledge and course appreciation. Instructor's Resource CD includes color chapter PowerPoint presentations, chapter tests and solutions, and pdf files of teaching masters and Teaching Tools supplements.

Teacher's Wraparound Edition  (ISBN-10: 0538444045 | ISBN-13: 9780538444040)

The Instructor’s Wraparound Edition contains reduced student pages with notes and suggestions for activities, projects, and classroom discussion in the margins.

Anotated Instructor's Edition Working Papers  (ISBN-10: 0538444053 | ISBN-13: 9780538444057)

This teacher ancillary includes an annotated version of the Student Workbook with suggested answers provided for all activities.

Student Supplements

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 0538444037 | ISBN-13: 9780538444033)

The Student Workbook contains two parts. Part 1 includes 128 activities, problems, questions, forms, and puzzles to interest and challenge students. Part 2 provides a "mini" Occupational Outlook Handbook for students to use in exploring occupational clusters and investigating specific occupations of interest.

List Price = $32.95  | CengageBrain Price = $32.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $24.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Larry J. Bailey

Larry J. Bailey attended Ball State University on an academic scholarship and taught high school industrial arts prior to attending graduate school at the University of Illinois where he completed the Doctor of Education degree in Vocational Education at age 26. He held faculty research positions at the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa before joining Southern Illinois University in 1969. Dr. Bailey is the author of eight books and more than 100 other publications. During his tenure, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Career Education and the Illinois Advisory Council on Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education. He retired from his professorship at SIU in 2004 after 35 years of service.