ERIC Number: ED199429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Teaching of Employability Skills: Who's Responsible?
A study was conducted to assess competencies for employability--preparing for, getting, keeping, and advancing in a job; where, in the public's opinion, such competencies should be taught; and where they are actually learned. National surveys of samples of the general adult public, public school teachers, high school seniors, and employers were conducted. Competencies dealing with traditional job values and expectations were perceived by the four response groups as being predominantly the responsibility of the home. Competencies relating to job advancement and promotion were perceived to be primarily the responsibility of the work place. The teaching of active worker behaviors concerning taking charge of oneself and getting ahead were assigned to the work place and the school, and the teaching of job search skills was seen as chiefly the responsibility of the school. Important findings suggest that the teaching of employability skills is perceived by the public, and by groups with vested interests in employability, as a shared responsibility of the schools, the home, and the work place. Also, where employability skills should be taught is not necessarily where they are actually learned. For the most part, they are learned on the job. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Career Ladders, Competence, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, Family Role, High School Seniors, Job Performance, Job Search Methods, Job Skills, National Surveys, Public Opinion, School Role, Secondary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Work Attitudes, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.