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Employment-Related Basic Skills


by Lois-Ellin Datta 1982

This chapter examines literacy acquisition in vocational programs. Three conclusions are reached. First, the literacy needed for employability probably differs from the literacy needed for further education. Second, current vocational and occupational training programs, while concerned with the acquisition of basic skills, have yet to demonstrate substantial attention in actual instructional practices or much success in improving basic skills. Third, recent research on effective instruction, motivation for learning, and the nature of skilled reading offers new ideas that could be applied to improving literacy for employability among youth.


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This article originally appeared in NSSE Yearbook Vol. 81, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 83 Number 6, 1982, p. 140-168
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19118, Date Accessed: 11/22/2017 7:13:19 PM

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  • Lois-Ellin Datta
    U.S. General Accounting Office
    LOIS-ELLIN DATTA is the Director of Research in the Human Service Areas, Program Evaluation and Methodology Division in the U.S. General Accounting Office.
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