ERIC Number: ED389886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
The National Job Analysis Study. A Project to Identify Cross-Occupational Skills Related to High-Performance Workplaces.
American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
The National Job Analysis Study (NJAS) originated from the work of the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills and was designed to provide research necessary to identify and establish a taxonomy of workplace skills. Phase 1 identified an initial set of core behaviors common across occupations. The process began by identifying task statements from databases containing occupational information and determining the statements' degree of commonality. Translated behaviors and added illustrative behaviors were compiled into two versions of survey 1. The survey was distributed to 12,000 job incumbents in 6,000 organizations across the country. Over 160 occupations were sampled. Data analysis of returned surveys identified the work activities considered "core" behaviors. Phase 2 will cross-validate core behaviors and establish the relationship between the behaviors and job tenure. The core set of behaviors that result from survey 2 will be used as initial content for developing Behaviorally Anchored Rating Scales (BARS). A concurrent project has identified an initial set of 36 high-performance characteristics. Eight characteristics emerged that were considered essential. A thorough electronic literature search is planned to develop or choose workplace assessments based on results of the NJAS/BARS. The NJAS information will make it possible to develop occupational clusters and skill profiles and facilitate worker transitions from one job to another. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A