ERIC Number: ED336647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Managing Diversity: A Key to Building a Quality Work Force. Research and Development Series No. 271.
Maxson, Judith; Hair, Billy
Economic changes create stress as U.S. businesses progress toward building a high quality work force for the year 2000. Skills such as critical literacy, communication, writing, math, and interpersonal competence are desired. Critical literacy involves the higher order thinking skills: the ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize. In addition, employees should be adaptable, trainable, and retrainable. Older people, women, handicapped persons, and minority and immigrant workers will comprise the work force. Changes will take place in both four-year colleges and technical colleges. Strategies for teaching critical literacy skills will require changes in curriculum. Teachers should be in tune with adult learners. In addition, higher education must prepare itself to serve diverse ethnic and cultural communities. Faculty need the support of the college's administration to change curriculum. Finally, community colleges must improve linkages with business and industry. Two-year colleges must make building a high quality work force part of their mission. Plans of action should be developed for those groups of people that will comprise the work force. (This document includes 29 references and 64 supplemental readings.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Basic Skills, Communication Skills, Community Colleges, Cultural Pluralism, Economic Climate, Education Work Relationship, Females, Immigrants, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Literacy, Mathematics Skills, Minority Groups, Older Adults, School Business Relationship, Teaching Methods, Technical Institutes, Thinking Skills, Two Year Colleges
Publications, Center on Education and Training for Employment, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (order no. RD 271: $4.75; 10 copies: $29.95).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges, Columbus, OH.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center on Education and Training for Employment.