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Division of Labor: Good or Bad?

In this cooperative economics activity, students learn about the division of labor in a real way. Students will be able to see first hand the advantages and disadvantages of the division of labor.
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Students will be able to determine the advantages and disadvantages of division of labor.


(5 minutes)
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  • Ask your students to think about their favorite restaurant. Have students identify what the different jobs are that people have there.
  • Ask students to think of what would happen if one person had to do all of those jobs.
  • Tell students that there is something called division of labor, where people specialize in one particular job. To specialize means to receive training and become very good at a job or skill.
  • Explain that students will be seeing the idea of division of labor in action today.