ERIC Number: ED348492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Performance-Based Occupational Math Requirements Assessment (OMRA). Implementation and Supporting Research.
Pucel, David J.; And Others
This document contains information regarding the implementation of the Performance-Based Occupational Math Requirements Assessment (OMRA), which was designed to determine the math requirements for occupations that require training of less than a baccalaureate degree, and the research supporting the development of OMRA. The first section presents the OMRA instrument and directions on how to implement it. The OMRA Coordinator Manual contains directions to be followed by the person in charge of conducting the assessment. A glossary of terms is provided. The OMRA instrument includes the OMRA Inventory for recording the required math operations and the OMRA Applications Supplement for recording sample job applications for which each operation is useful. The second section contains a report on the process used to develop OMRA and the related research supporting its validity. A literature review discusses two general approaches for determining occupation-related math requirements: occupational analysis of job or training requirements, and standardized testing. The review then describes three basic forms of occupational analysis (the chosen approach): analyses of specific occupations to yield math skills requirements, analyses of occupational math skills based on training program requirements, and identification of generic skills required across occupations. A description of the development process used to create OMRA follows. A final pilot test is discussed that tested OMRA with a technical occupation requiring a larger amount of math and another less technical occupation requiring less math. Appendixes include a list of 35 references and 4 sample math competency lists. (YLB)
Descriptors: Competence, Competency Based Education, Job Analysis, Job Performance, Job Skills, Literature Reviews, Material Development, Mathematics Skills, Occupational Information, Postsecondary Education, Technical Occupations, Test Construction, Test Validity, Vocational Education
National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Materials Distribution Service, Horrabin Hall 46, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455 (order no. MDS-143: $6).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.