ERIC Number: ED220578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Generic Skills. Keys to Job Performance.
Smith, Arthur De W.
The generic skills studies in Canada have as their objectives the formulation of generic skills, the identification of their uses for certain occupational groups, and the preparation of specifications for instructional modules in an attempt to provide greater flexibility to workers, employers, and vocational training programs. Another objective of the studies is to determine skill transferability between occupations. Types of generic skills examined include academic skills, reasoning skills, interpersonal skills, manipulative skills, and science skills. Workers have been surveyed in 49 occupations; supervisors have been surveyed in 28 occupations. Occupational families surveyed include clerical and administration; technology, architecture and engineering; medicine and health; sales; service; machining and related occupations; fabricating assembly and repair; construction; motor transport; and farmers. Data from these surveys have been gathered into charts of generic skills in communications, mathematics, science, and reasoning according to occupational groups such as writing on forms, memos, and technical reports for each of the occupational families. Core clusters and non-core skills for these occupations were also discerned and listed, and chart of generic skill transferability between occupational families was created. (KC)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Administrators, Architecture, Clerical Occupations, Communication Skills, Craft Workers, Educational Needs, Engineering, Farmers, Health Personnel, Interpersonal Competence, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Language Skills, Machinists, Manufacturing, Mathematical Concepts, Occupational Clusters, Occupational Information, Reading Skills, Repair, Sales Occupations, Sciences, Secondary Education, Service Occupations, Skill Analysis, Skill Development, Technical Occupations, Trade and Industrial Education, Transfer of Training, Transportation, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Commission of Employment and Immigration, Ottawa (Ontario).
Note: For Related documents see CE 031 876 and CE 031 878.