ERIC Number: ED181329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Literacy and Vocational Competency. Occasional Paper No. 39.
Sticht, Thomas G.
Two focuses of a discussion of literacy and vocational competence should be the need for a more profound understanding of literacy and the relevance of that understanding for studying reading in vocational settings. A developmental model of the acquisition of literacy considers reading a second signaling system for speech. People who become literate learn to perform tasks with written language they previously could perform only with the spoken language. A second view of the written language points out that it differs from spoken language in two critical ways: it is permanent, and it may be arrayed in space. Written language can be consulted as an "external memory" and makes possible reading-to-do and reading-to-learn tasks. An exploratory study using reading-to-do tasks developed a job reading inventory to (1) identify the reading tasks performed in jobs and (2) determine the level of general reading skill needed to perform them. Results showed a strong relationship between reading ability and ability to perform job-reading tasks. The inventory approach remains unvalidated. A sound theory of literacy in vocational settings must antecede establishing minimal competency levels. (Questions and answers are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Competence, Employment Qualifications, Informal Reading Inventories, Job Skills, Language Acquisition, Literacy, Reading Ability, Reading Comprehension, Reading Development, Reading Skills, Speeches, Task Analysis, Task Performance, Vocational Aptitude, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: Paper presented at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education staff development seminar (Columbus, OH, April 1978).