ERIC Number: ED391109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-30
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Employability Skills. ERIC Digest.
Saterfiel, Thomas H.; McLarty, Joyce R.
The term "employability skills" refers to those skills required to acquire and retain a job. In the past, employability skills were considered primarily of a vocational or job-specific nature; they were not thought to include the academic skills most commonly taught in schools. Current thinking, however, has broadened the definition to include not only many foundational academic skills, but also a variety of attitudes and habits. Recent usage of the term has described the preparation of foundational skills upon which a person must build job-specific skills. These skills include: communication, personal and interpersonal relationships, problem solving, and management of organizational processes. Ever growing numbers of employers are assessing these skills, primarily in reading and mathematics, prior to hiring. However, educators still show greater interest in employability skills assessment than do employers. Several efforts at employability assessment are discussed. When selecting an approach for assessing employability skills, the following criteria must be kept in mind: (1) the assessment must clearly mirror the nature of the skill required; (2) the skill assessed should be teachable; and (3) each assessment must be evaluated in the context of its purpose. (JBJ)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests