ERIC Number: ED250569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep-6
Reference Count: 0
Basic Entry-Level Competencies Needed for Employment. Final Report.
Barr, Lowell L.; Fairchild, Patricia
Designed to update an original study conducted two years ago, this study questioned businesses across Wyoming about the job skills needed by persons graduating from high school and immediately entering the work force in office occupations. A questionnaire was sent to 210 businesses across the state, with a response rate of 62 percent (137 responses). Some of the following information was gathered from the study: (1) shorthand does not seem to be as important to Wyoming employers as teachers have been led to expect; (2) typing skills are vitally important to all areas of office occupations; (3) other skills rated as important include mailing skills, records management, organization/time management, human relations, and telephone communications, (4) reprographic skills seem to be relatively unimportant; (5) mathematics and calculator skills, although important, seem not to be as vital as they once were; and (6) business knowledge is not rated as important. The results of the study were used to make suggestions for curriculum changes in Wyoming office occupations education programs. (KC)
Descriptors: Business Skills, Clerical Occupations, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Entry Workers, High Schools, Job Training, Office Occupations, Office Occupations Education, Program Improvement, Recordkeeping, Shorthand, State Curriculum Guides, Statewide Planning, Typewriting, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wyoming State Board for Vocational and Technical Education, Cheyenne.
Authoring Institution: Wyoming Univ., Laramie. Coll. of Education.