ERIC Number: ED182527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of the Preparation of Youth for Work: Report of a Three-State Survey.
Richards, Edgar L.
A survey of employers in Delaware, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania provided (1) information on organizational characteristics, employers' perception of the relative importance of nine previously identified successful transition skills, and their perception of the deficiency of these skills in today's employed youth; and (2) a model procedure for schools to use or adapt in conducting similar surveys on a local level. A questionnaire was developed and distributed to 178 members of twenty-seven local service clubs (Exchange, Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary) to collect data for the following concerns: the employee attribute most important to employers in general; relative importance of previous job experience and personal attributes; degree of agreement among employers in different types of organizations on important attributes and value of experience; attributes in which youth are found to be most deficient; and differing estimates among employers in different types of organizations of the proportion of deficient youth. Employers agreed that young workers were most deficient in those attributes they considered most important despite an emphasis on those attributes in the schools. The finding that employers view the possession of the successful transition skills as more important than previous work experience argues strongly for career education programs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Career Education, Communication Skills, Education Work Relationship, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employment, Employment Experience, Employment Qualifications, Individual Characteristics, Job Skills, Job Training, Personnel Evaluation, Questionnaires, Surveys, Work Attitudes, Work Experience, Young Adults, Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Delaware; New Jersey; Pennsylvania