ERIC Number: ED389879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
SCANS and the New Vocationalism. ERIC Digest No. 165.
Lankard, Bettina A.
The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) report challenged schools, parents, and businesses to help all students develop competencies in the basic skills, thinking skills, and personal qualities required for work in the current and future workplace. In response to this challenge, vocational-technical programs were redesigned, and efforts such as tech prep were initiated. Tech prep programs in Texas, Indiana, and Ohio were designed around the SCANS competencies. Examples of state and local efforts to strengthen the connections between schools and work were The Critical Skills Foundation (Wheaton, Illinois) and Project C: Communities, Corporations, Classrooms (Fort Worth, Texas). The Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Germany initiated Project SCANS Integration to explore how well all high school instructors would be able to integrate the desired competencies into their courses and how well the competencies could be rated and recorded for their students. Positive results came from the 1993-94 pilot test. The publication, Teaching the SCANS Competencies, contains practical suggestions for applying SCANS in the workplace. (Contains 10 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.