ERIC Number: ED352380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Measurement of Workforce Readiness Competencies: Design of Prototype Measures.
O'Neil, Harold F., Jr.; And Others
A general methodology approach is suggested for measurement of workforce readiness competencies in the context of overall work by the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing on the domain-independent measurement of workforce readiness skills. The methodology consists of 14 steps, from the initial selection of a work environment to the preparation of a report documenting the process. After selection of the work environment, a job and task analysis is conducted, and a competency or skill is selected that is present in the work environment. Component analysis divides the competency into constituent subcompetencies for which indicators are created. Indicators are classified within a cognitive science taxonomy; and measures of the competency are selected or developed, followed by empirical studies, statistical analysis, norm creation, and production of a report on the indicators. A report on the assessment using multiple indicators finally results. Application of the general method to a specific case for the Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) is documented. Two measures of workforce readiness competencies are proposed for the SCANS example of a new restaurant. Further development of these measures and empirical validation will be conducted in Year 2 of the effort. Twelve tables summarize the methodology. An appendix provides the restaurant scenario for the assessments. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adults, Classification, Cognitive Psychology, Competence, Employment Qualifications, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Labor Force, Measurement Techniques, Measures (Individuals), Occupational Tests, Performance Based Assessment, Readiness, Research Methodology, Skills, Test Construction, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.