ERIC Number: ED186732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
The Worker as Proteus: Understanding Occupational Adaptability.
Faddis, Constance R.
The purpose of this paper is to review and synthesize what is known about occupational adaptability and to propose a heuristic model of the process(es) of adaptation in work. Following an introductory chapter, three chapters contain a review of literature that draws from many disciplines and presents an overview of human adaptation in general, as well as in the context of work. The review addresses three questions: What is meant by adaptability? What are the major factors involved in adaptation? What behaviors and styles are used in adapting? Chapter 5 presents the model for occupational adaptation, which is intended as a heuristic framework with which to examine elements and forces in peoples' work lives and how individuals go about dealing with adaptive demands involved with working. The model also addresses adaptive options of bringing about changes in jobs and work environments, preventing or avoiding the effects of unwanted changes, and making moves from one job or career to another. Chapter 6 discusses implications of the model and offers suggestions for increasing and refining adaptation in work and life. Chapter 7 reviews implications for individuals, work organizations, and society in general improving the occupational adaptability of individuals. Examples of transferable skills lists are appended. (LRA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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.