ERIC Number: ED233223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Identification of Generalizable Skills in Secondary Vocational Programs.
Greenan, James P.
The purpose of this study was to determine the skill areas that are generalizable across secondary vocational training program areas in the 32 vocational centers in Illinois. The major research problem was to (1) develop, validate, and determine the reliability of an instrument and (2) identify which mathematics, communications, interpersonal relations, reasoning, and other skills were generalizable across programs in secondary agriculture; business, marketing, and management; health; home economics; and industrial occupations training. Following a review of the literature, a survey instrument was developed and administered to 593 secondary vocational education teachers in the 32 vocational centers in the five program areas. The questionnaires gathered descriptive data regarding the relative importance of a list of skills, as perceived by teachers, in terms of being necessary for students to perform successfully in the vocational training programs in which they were enrolled. The results of the study suggested that the concept of generalizable skills existed and was reliable and valid in terms of being capable of identifying the skills that are basic to, necessary for success in, and transferable/common across secondary vocational training programs. Students need high levels of skills in the generalizable skill areas of mathematics, communications, interpersonal relations, and reasoning to succeed in several secondary vocational training programs. Recommendations were made to periodically update the list of generalizable skills and to explore other skill applications. (A list of the generalizable skills and the areas to which they relate is included in the document.) (KC)
Descriptors: Administration, Agricultural Education, Basic Skills, Business Education, Communication Skills, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Home Economics, Industrial Education, Interpersonal Competence, Marketing, Mathematical Applications, Psychomotor Skills, Secondary Education, Skill Analysis, Skills, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Dept. of Adult, Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Vocational and Technical Education.