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ERIC Number: ED508479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Equipped for the Future: 21st Century Skills for the New Economy
National Institute for Literacy
"Equipped for the Future" ("EFF") Standards have been developed to answer a complex question: What do adults need to know and be able to do in order to carry out their roles and responsibilities as workers, parents and family members, and citizens and community members? It is widely recognized that the demands of adult life changed dramatically in the last quarter of the 20th Century. In order to carry out daily responsibilities at home, in the community, and in the work-place, adults must now read critically, sifting through vast amounts of information before they can make decisions that affect the well-being of families, neighborhoods, and ultimately, this country. Research to identify the "EFF" Standards began by looking at these changes in what it takes to negotiate successfully the complexities of contemporary life. This paper discusses what the "EFF" Standards are, what the "EFF" can provide the workforce development system, and how these standards fit with SCANS (Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills) competencies and foundation skills.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Institute for Literacy