ERIC Number: ED350414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Skills and Tasks for Jobs. A SCANS Report for America 2000.
Department of Labor, Washington, DC. Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills.
This report identifies generic competencies (skills necessary for success in the workplace) and foundations (skills and qualities underlying the competencies). Chapter 1 explains use of this report to help educators make high school courses more relevant to the needs of a modern work force and to help employers ensure that their employees possess appropriate, up-to-date skills. Development of the material is described. Chapter 2 contains definitions of the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) competencies and foundation skills, followed by displays of job tasks in descending levels of difficulty. A two-page display of each competency/foundation skill provides a definition of the skill and illustrative tasks, along with corresponding job titles. Tasks are arranged in rows, with a maximum of three distinct tasks per row. Rows are arranged in ascending order of difficulty. Chapter 3 lists the task descriptions of 35 jobs clustered in the following areas: health and human services; office, financial services, government; accommodations and personal business; manufacturing, agribusiness, mining, construction; and trade, transportation, and communication. Chapter 3 also contains information about the importance of the competency and foundation skills required for these jobs. Two tables present the means and standard deviations of the ratings for all jobs for competencies and foundation skills determined through interviews with people holding these jobs. Information is then provided for each job, grouped by the five sectors of the economy. For each job, a brief general description is given. Next, the mean and standard deviations of the competencies and foundations are shown for that job. Following these data, illustrative tasks are provided that demonstrate the use of some skills. The appendix contains information on 15 additional jobs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Difficulty Level, Education Work Relationship, Employment Qualifications, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Occupational Information, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Skill Analysis, Task Analysis, Vocational Education
Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954 (order no. 029-000-00437-4: $27).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Community; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Department of Labor, Washington, DC. Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills.
Note: For related documents, see ED 332 054 and ED 346 348.