Exploring the relationship between generic skills (sometimes called employability skills) and career and technical education (CTE) requires asking these three questions: Are such skills taught in CTE? Can they be taught? Do employers value them over technical skills. A literature review of 14 books, reports, and journal articles concludes that employers want their workers to possess general competency skills such as diligence, creative thinking, sociability, and cooperativeness. Reasons cited for the importance of these generic skills include workplace competitiveness, productivity concerns, and business growth. Educators emphasize the importance of contextual teaching and learning in both classroom and work-based situations to students' skill acquisition. Instructors recommend that student workplace experiences be well monitored to insure the greatest opportunity for learning because of variables such as number and quality. (AJ)
Australia; Canada; Career and Technical Education; Contextualized Instruction; High Schools That Work; United Kingdom; United States; Work Based Learning
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