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ERIC Number: ED015324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov
Pages: 164
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OBSOLESCENCE AND UPDATING OF ENGINEERS' AND SCIENTISTS' SKILLS. FINAL REVISED REPORT.
NORGREN, PAUL H.; WARNER, AARON W.
THE NATURE AND APPROXIMATE DIMENSIONS OF THE TECHNICAL SKILL OBSOLESCENCE PROBLEM WERE STUDIED AS A RESULT OF THE WIDELY ALLEGED OCCURRENCE IN RECENT YEARS OF DETERIORATION OF SKILLS AMONG PRACTICING ENGINEERS AND APPLIED SCIENTISTS RESULTING FROM THE MASSIVE EMERGENCE OF NEW SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE DURING THE PAST QUARTER CENTURY. INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED WITH TECHNICAL MANAGERS, DIRECTORS OF PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT, AND OTHER KNOWLEDGEABLE OFFICIALS IN 39 TECHNOLOGY-ORIENTED FIRMS AND IN TECHNICAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL SOCIETIES, AND GOVERNMENTAL UNITS CONCERNED WITH THE OBSOLESCENCE PROBLEM. DATA INDICATED FOUR COMPONENT SUBAREAS OF THE PROBLEM FOR WHICH EFFECTIVE REMEDIAL MEASURES ARE DIFFICULT TO FIND -- (1) MOTIVATING PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH-DEVELOPMENT-DESIGN PERSONNEL WHOSE SKILLS HAVE BECOME OUTDATED, (2) DETERMINING DISPOSITION OF THE SKILL OF OBSOLESCENT PERSONNEL WHEN REDUCTIONS IN PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL WORK FORCE ARE NECESSARY, (3) IDENTIFYING, DEVELOPING, AND UPDATING COMPETENT PROJECT LEADERS, SYSTEMS ENGINEERS, AND OTHER KEY PRACTICING PROFESSIONALS, AND (4) ASSESSING THE KIND AND DEGREE OF UPDATING NEEDED BY TECHNICAL MANAGERS AND PROVIDING MEANS AND INCENTIVES NECESSARY TO BRING ABOUT SUCH UPDATING. DATA SUGGESTED SIMILAR SIGNIFICANT DIFFICULTIES IN TECHNOLOGY-ORIENTED INDUSTRY AT LARGE, AND CONSEQUENTLY, A NEED FOR BROADER SCOPE RESEARCH INTO THESE PROBLEMS. (HC)
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