ERIC Number: ED204520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Tryout of the Project ACCESS System. Project Report, Task B1, System Tryout: Credentialing Women's Life Experiences.
Ekstrom, Ruth B.; And Others
One task of Project ACCESS was to try out a process that had been developed to assess the life experiences of women for entry into employment and for entry or advanced placement in vocational education programs. The process involved using an inventory of women's experiences and skills, the Experience Description Summary (EDS), and competency analysis for selected occupations and programs to match experiential learning with job or program requirements. Insufficient data were obtained to permit validation of the EDS scales for the vocational programs. In the occupational phase of the tryout, the EDS was administered to 155 women. Forty-nine of them later entered employment. After six months, employers rated their overall job performance and specific job competencies as above-average in comparison with "all women currently in this job." None of the women was rated as below average. Skill self-ratings of the type used in the tryout were considered to be good predictors of job success, but tended toward being underestimates. The process was found difficult to implement, especially in vocational education programs, some problems being inherent in the design itself. (Approximately 15 pages of tables are included. An appendix presents the Project ACCESS Process Design.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.