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ERIC Number: ED315606
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-2
Pages: 57
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Workplace Basics: The Skills Employers Want... Can We Change the Way We Operate?
Van Ast, John
This document considers whether postsecondary education can change the way it operates. The introduction identifies six challenges of the 1990s, including heterogeneous student populations; quality of working life competence, basic competence, employability competence, learning-to-learn competence, common core competencies, and the arts and science/vocational and technical gap; a maturing faculty; teacher effectiveness; the significance of associate degree and certificate technical education; and curriculum alignment and accountability. Two areas that will be affected by these challenges are identified: instructors' competence in dealing with curriculum and instruction and the necessity for community college administrators to develop the skills of faculty. The four subsets of basics that employers want, such as conventional basic skills and group process skills, are summarized. The paper describes three research studies designed to determine Iowa's vocational technical educators' perceived needs in two areas: (1) their need for curriculum resource materials in basics, quality of working life, and employability; and (2) their perceived need for inservice seminars on how to implement those materials. The document concludes with 11 references and a set of 34 transparency masters. (CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa