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What work requires of schools: a SCANS report for America 2000

Corporate Name: United States. Dept. of Labor. Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills

Publisher: U.S. Dept. of Labor

Published At: Washington, DC

Date Published: 1991

Material Type: Research/Technical Report

Intended Audience: Policy Maker

Physical Media: Print

Subjects: Basic Skills; Employment; School Effectiveness

The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) studied changes in the world of work and implications of those changes for learning. The focus is how schools prepare young people for work. Research shows that workers must be problem solvers and work smarter. There are three conclusions: high school students must develop a new set of competencies; qualities of high performance must become standard for all companies; the nation's schools must be transformed into high-performance organizations. The document defines and details five competency areas and a three-part foundation of skills and personal qualities that lie at the heart of job-performance.

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