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ERIC Number: ED379427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Rethinking the Skills Gap: Is It Craft or Character? EQW Issues Number 9.
Cappelli, Peter; Iannozzi, Maria
Although most people agree that not enough entry workers possess the skills required for success in the workplace, few individuals are able to articulate clearly why and where the skills gap occurs. Despite the popularity of blaming schools and curricula, little hard evidence exists to support the claim that U.S. secondary school performance is declining relative to its standing in recent decades. Research studies focusing on enterprises, schools, and workers have established the following: (1) employees consistently identify deficits in employees' behavioral skills as the primary cause of poor job performance; (2) efforts to bolster students' academic skills through high school reform are worthwhile, but it must be remembered that education must impart more than basic skills; and (3) the workplace rewards workers who possess work-related behavioral skills and attitudes. Educational legislation and policy must address these concerns through the following actions: (1) encourage the fostering of behavioral skills through legislation focusing on the connection between school and work; (2) use work-based learning programs and appropriate classroom techniques to foster development of attitudes and behaviors that translate well in work environments; and (3) investigate which work-related attitudes and behaviors are most important for success in the workplace. (MN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, Philadelphia, PA.