ERIC Number: EJ1071802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Perceived Job Skill Limitations and Participation in Education and Training Opportunities: Differences between Us Native-Born and Non-Native-Born Individuals
Smith, M. Cecil; Smith, Thomas J.
Vocations and Learning, v3 n1 p55-69 Apr 2010
Data from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy were examined to determine if non-native-born adults in the US differ from their native-born counterparts in (1) participation in work-related training or education, and (2) perceptions that specific skills limit their job opportunities. Results indicated that non-native-born persons were less likely than their native-born peers to participate in training or education to do their job better. Among non-native born persons, age and English language proficiency predicted their participation. Non-native-born persons were also much more likely than native-born individuals to perceive that their reading, writing, math, and computer skills limited their job opportunities, while both gender and age moderated perceptions of perceived skill limitations. Among the non-native-born population, age, gender, and amount of time spent living in the US significantly predicted perceived skill limitations.
Descriptors: Job Skills, Vocational Education, Employment Opportunities, Employment Potential, Employee Attitudes, Adult Literacy, Foreign Workers, Participation, Training, Age, English, Language Proficiency, Predictor Variables, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Mathematics Skills, Computer Literacy
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