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ERIC Number: EJ903457
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0893-0384
Global Competencies, Liberal Studies, and the Needs of Employers
Schejbal, David; Irvine, George
Continuing Higher Education Review, v73 p125-142 Fall 2009
For many Americans, September 11, 2001, was a cognitive and emotional turning point. In the days and months after that fateful day, some people focused inwardly and saw all non-Americans as suspect and dangerous. Others focused outwardly and believed that greater international integration and knowledge of other cultures were essential for moving forward and for preventing another disaster like the one that the country had just experienced. Although this period did not mark the beginning of interest in global skills or competencies, it significantly heightened that interest and brought the issues much more into mainstream academic and business conversations. Although many value proficiency in international skills, the concept of international skills or global competencies is at best vague. There is no agreed-upon definition--not even a clear working definition--and different interest groups identify various skills as the important global competencies. In this article, the authors focus on three issues. First, they explore the concept of global competencies in order to give some definition or parameters to the concept. What they find is that global competencies and traditional liberal arts competencies comprise two significantly overlapping though not identical sets of skills. Armed with this information, they ask employers to rank various competencies so that they can identify what employers deem important in employee skills. The second part of this article is devoted to that study and its results. In the third section, the authors explore how information from the study and their examination of global competencies might be used to adjust existing or build new curricula for broad workforce development. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Language: English
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