ERIC Number: ED024792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Occupational Commonalities: A Base for Course Construction. Paper No. 2219, Journal Series.
Dillon, Roy D.; Horner, James T.
To determine competencies and activities used by workers in a cross section of the statewide labor force, data were obtained from a random sample of 1,500 employed persons drawn from 14 purposively selected index counties in Nebraska. An interview-questionnaire procedure yielded an 87.7 percent response to a checklist of 144 activities, duties, and areas of knowledge. Additional data were obtained concerning functions of the businesses in which the workers were employed and prerequisites for their jobs, including educational requirements. When placed in a major occupational group based upon their major job requirements, 33.5 percent were in agricultural jobs on and off the farm, 22.4 percent in professional and managerial jobs, 15.6 percent in clerical and sales, 13.8 percent in services, and 3.3 percent in unskilled jobs. Of the 144 activities and knowledge areas on the checklist, 11 were checked as used by more than 50 percent of the respondents, 5 by 40 to 50 percent of the respondents, and 7 by 33 to 40 percent of the workers. Activities with 33 percent or more response were viewed as common components for vocational course instruction. Recommendations included an interdisciplinary approach across vocational subject areas in basic courses with persons moving into specialized vocational courses for the more specific and advanced competencies required. (DM)
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Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Agricultural Experiment Station.