ERIC Number: ED435826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug-23
Reference Count: N/A
The Employability Skills Discourse: A Conceptual Analysis of the Career and Personal Planning Curriculum.
Hyslop-Margison, Emery J.
The career preparedness component of British Columbia's Career and Personal Planning (CAPP) curriculum commits two fundamental category mistakes in its classification of employability skills, both with potentially serious consequences for education. The first type of category mistake is incorrectly conflating distinct categories of concepts under the general rubric of generic skills and, thereby, disregarding the contextual understanding, background knowledge, and epistemic attitudes required to achieve certain desired cognitive competencies. Concepts describing mental process such as understanding, problem solving, and critical thinking are applied in the same logical fashion as those denoting physical operations. Their evaluation in the prescribed fashion presents insurmountable difficulties for teachers since mental process concepts are inseparable from the context in which they are used. CAPP makes available no pedagogical approaches that include a context for and adequate background knowledge of the problem to be solved; adequate content knowledge of the subject being communicated and the context in which the communicative act occurs; or facts relevant to the matter being critiqued. The second type of category mistake committed by CAPP is including values and attitudes under the rubric of generic employability skills and, in so doing, obscuring important ethical distinctions between the contentious area of values education and basic skills instruction. (Contains 14 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Career Education, Career Planning, Classification, Cognitive Development, Communication Skills, Employment Potential, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving, Secondary Education, Student Evaluation, Thinking Skills, Values Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Canada