ERIC Number: ED097090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan-8
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparative Study of Specific Skill Requirements of Selected Employers and Clerical Course Content in a Community College District.
A questionnaire designed to ascertain the typing, office machines, and mathematics computations skills needs of clerical employees was mailed to 107 employers of general clerical workers in the College of Sequoias district. The responses, received from 73.8 percent of the employers representing 1,013 general office employers, were compared with the relative emphases on course content in the college's typing, office machines, and business mathematics courses. The proportions of typing courses assignments related to purchase orders, invoices, purchase requisitions, debits and credits, telegrams, and minutes of meetings significantly exceeded the proportions of job time devoted to these tasks, according to employers. Disproportionately large amounts of classroom time, in contrast with employers' work demands, were being consumed by such typing assignments as tables, business letters, and manuscripts. Course requirements and employers' job requirements coincided in the cases of interoffice memos, legal forms, and index cards. In relationship to employers' stated needs, business mathematics courses devoted disproportionately large amounts of course time to fractional computations and percentage computations. Depreciation computations received less course emphasis than job needs suggested. Similarities were found between course emphasis and job requirements in markup/markdown and interest in business mathematics courses. Fewer than 10 percent of the employers' calculating machines were rotary, whereas half of the office machines course time was devoted to learning rotary calculator operations. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nova Univ., Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Identifiers - Location: California