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ERIC Number: ED480681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 131
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-74096-177-3
Making Experience Work: Generic Skills Through the Eyes of Displaced Workers. Volume 1 [and] Volume 2.
Virgona, Crina; Waterhouse, Peter; Sefton, Robin; Sansuinetti, Jill
The role of generic skills in the lives, work, and employment of 127 dislocated workers in a broad cross-section of job categories in five areas of Australia were examined through individual interviews, focus groups, and a survey questionnaire. Selected findings are as follows: (1) generic skills are developed in all areas of human endeavor, including in the family, education, community, and employment environments; (2) demand for high levels of generic skills and technical skills and different kinds of generic skills (for example, entrepreneurship and enthusiasm for change) are becoming more highly valued, whereas "traditional" generic skills (such as teamwork) are being devalued; (3) although many study participants considered themselves reasonably well prepared for the demands of the current employment market, others believed that their skills had been superseded and that their values and aspirations no longer matched the requirements of work in the new economy. The study findings challenged current vocational education and training practice by demonstrating that generic skills are basically developed through experiential learning, and they reflected the need for structures and services that support lifelong learning within and beyond the world of work. (Twenty-six tables/figures are included. The bibliography lists 101 references. The following items are appended: case studies; descriptions of the research method and sample; responses to questions relating to generic skills; and the survey instrument.) (MN)
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia (Volume 1, Cat. no. 1352, $27.50 Australian; Volume 2, Cat no. 1350, web only). Tel: 08 8333 8400; Fax: 08 8331 9211; e-mail:; Web site: For full text (Volume 1): For full text (Volume 2):
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia