ERIC Number: ED186717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Occupational Adaptability and Transferable Skills: Project Final Report. Information Series No. 129.
Pratzner, Frank C.
The nature and current status of knowledge about occupational adaptability and transferable skills are summarized in this report. It is a synthesis of major conclusions and insights, with some additional perspectives, from eight final reports on an exploratory study (see Note). A brief overview is presented of project objectives and activities which focused on identification of skills, attitudes, knowledge, and personal characteristics that schools could seek to develop, and how they might teach them to prepare students for careers characterized by change. The several conclusions include the following: (1) The substantial job changing in the American labor force is neither inherently good nor bad. (2) Individuals need help in preparing for careers characterized by change. (3) Although little is known about job changing, skills alone do not determine mobility or adaptability. (4) All skills are potentially transferable to some extent and on some occasions. There is reasonable consensus on broad categories important for success in a variety of occupations. (5) Students need opportunity to practice application of skills under a wide variety of conditions and circumstances. (6) Performance in one talent area is unrelated to that in others, so schools should develop abilities in a number of different ones (e.g., creative, decision-making, planning, and communication talents). (7) A number of educational programs and instructional techniques have been identified that seem to provide for the implicit recognition or development of transferable skills. Suggestions and recommendations are made for teachers, counselors, administrators, employers, and researchers. Examples of transferable skills and characteristics and the final report of the project's panel of consultants are appended. (JT)
Descriptors: Ability, Attitudes, Career Change, Classification, Educational Needs, Employment Potential, Job Skills, Occupational Mobility, Skill Analysis, Skill Development, Skills, State of the Art Reviews, Transfer of Training, Vocational Adjustment
National Center Publications, The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 ($6.25)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For related documents see ED 138 834, ED 146 420, ED 146 458, ED 174 809, CE 024 835-836, and CE 025 246-247.