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ERIC Number: EJ720719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0316-1218
The Relationship Between Postsecondary Education and Skill: Comparing Credentialism with Human Capital Theory
Walters, David
Canadian Journal of Higher Education, v34 n2 p97-124 2004
This paper assesses the importance of the credential requirements used by employers to attract graduates who will use their education on the job. The framework of this study is embedded within the theoretical debates between proponents of the credentialist and human capital theories of education. Past research related to these debates has focused largely on issues such as earnings, underemployment, and productivity, while less empirical treatment has focused on the issue of skill utilization. The statistical analysis suggests that there is a strong correspondence between employees' credentials and the needs of their employers. The extent to which the viability of each theoretical position depends on specific postsecondary programs is also explored. (An Appendix lists the Sociodemographic Control Variables.) (Contains 1 table, 3 figures, and 18 endnotes.)
The Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, P.O. Box 34091, RPO Fort Richmond, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5T5. Tel: 204-474-6404; Fax: 204-474-7561.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada