ERIC Number: ED392931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Gateway to the Future. Skill Standards for the Bioscience Industry for Technical Workers in Pharmaceutical Companies, Biotechnology Companies, and Clinical Laboratories.
Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.
The Bioscience Industry Skills Standards Project (BISSP) is developing national, voluntary skill standards for technical jobs in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and clinical laboratories in hospitals, universities, government, and independent settings. Research with employees and educators has pinpointed three issues underscoring the need for skill standards in the bioscience industry: new employees with four-year college degrees are not prepared for entry-level technical jobs; programs fail to prepare people for specific occupations because educators do not understand the skills occupations require; and college graduates dissatisfied in entry-level positions result in high turnover rates. The bioscience skills standards development process involved a number of processes: identifying a learning occupation; conducting and validating job analysis; researching current education and training programs; developing and validating skill standards; and developing performance criteria and assessment methods. Each of the 34 integrated skill standards contains these components: scenario; workplace setting; key competency areas; tasks for performing routine procedures; tasks for solving problems; skills, knowledge, and attributes; and tools and equipment. They are designed to assist employers, educators, and current and future workers. Guidelines are being developed to implement the skills standards. (Appendixes include the validation process and results, skill standards charts and matrices, and current certification processes.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.