ERIC Number: ED353328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Measurement of Workforce Readiness: Review of Theoretical Frameworks.
O'Neil, Harold F., Jr.; And Others
Two prototypes to categories of necessary workforce skills in five studies are related: (1) "What Work Requires of Schools" by the Secretary's Commission of Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS); (2) "Workplace Basics: The Essential Skills Employers Want" by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD); (3) "Michigan Employability Skills Employer Survey" by the Michigan Employability Skills Task Force (MESTF); (4) "Basic and Expanded Basic Skills" by the New York State Education Department; and (5) "High Schools and the Changing Workplace: The Employers' View" by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The SCANS found five competencies (resources, interpersonal skills, information, systems, and technology) based on basic skills, thinking skills, and personal qualities. The ASTD identified 16 skills within 7 skill groups (foundation, basic competency skills, communication skills, adaptability skills, developmental skills, group effectiveness skills, and influencing skills). The MESTF identified 26 skills with 86 subskills in 3 domains of academic, personal management, and teamwork skills. In New York, two categories of basic skills (language arts and mathematics) and eight expanded basic skills were found. The NAS found 10 core competencies. Four job readiness skills categories run through the five frameworks. All studies identified the need for higher order thinking skills and judged interpersonal and teamwork skills as essential. Problem solving and conflict resolution prototypes; and the relationship of problem solving skills to SCANS, ASTD, MESTF, New York, and NAS skills are considered. Included are 20 tables and 3 appendices providing basic skills definitions, interpersonal skill level examples, and validation results. (RLC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; 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.