ERIC Number: ED472363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Generic Skills in Career and Technical Education. Myths and Realities.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Exploring the relationship between generic skills (sometimes called employability skills) and career and technical education (CTE) requires asking these three questions: Are such skills taught in CTE? Can they be taught? Do employers value them over technical skills. A literature review of 14 books, reports, and journal articles concludes that employers want their workers to possess general competency skills such as diligence, creative thinking, sociability, and cooperativeness. Reasons cited for the importance of these generic skills include workplace competitiveness, productivity concerns, and business growth. Educators emphasize the importance of contextual teaching and learning in both classroom and work-based situations to students' skill acquisition. Instructors recommend that student workplace experiences be well monitored to insure the greatest opportunity for learning because of variables such as number and quality. (AJ)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Competency Based Education, Constructivism (Learning), Context Effect, Creative Thinking, Cultural Awareness, Education Work Relationship, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Employment Potential, Entry Workers, Experiential Learning, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Learning Modules, Learning Theories, Lifelong Learning, Literature Reviews, Partnerships in Education, Problem Solving, Professional Continuing Education, School Business Relationship, Skill Development, Social Environment, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Tech Prep, Technological Literacy, Vocational Education, Work Environment, Work Experience Programs, Workplace Literacy
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
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.
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; United Kingdom; United States