Annotated-Bibliography-of-Research-on-Educating-for-Skills-2.docx

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Annotated Bibliography of Research on Educating for Skills By Bill Coplin and Patty Terhune 4/13/2018 Introduction This document presents formal research findings and published articles on the lack of general skills among high school and college graduates as well as programs to improve skills. Formal title, APA citation and link where possible is provided along with a brief abstract. The documents are provided under the following five topics: 1) Existence of a Skills Gap (41) 2) Skills in Pre-College Education (13) 3) Skills in College Academic Programs (29) 4) Skills in College Non-Academic Programs (23) 5) Programs Supporting Skills Outside of Higher Education (18) 6) Articles by Professor Coplin (2) Total: 126 Within the five categories, the documents are ordered by latest date of publication. These references will be updated periodically so check the date under the title to see when it was last updated. Readers who have suggestions for additional publications should email Bill Coplin at [email protected] . Most of these articles are from newspapers and newsletters from specialized organizations. However, almost all of them report findings from published academic, government non-profit sources. 1. Existence of a Skills Gap The articles in this section constitute a consensus that high school and college graduates lack the skills most employers are looking for. The lack of skills needed for career success has been a 1
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constant theme form more than a decade and has stimulated pressure for the United States government to do something about it. 1. Problem-Solving Skills Hard to Find Report on Competencies Sought by Employers. (2015, October 22). Inside Higher Education . Retrieved October 22, 2015 from - employers A report from the Committee on Economic Development found that 90% of business leaders found problem solving to be the most essential skill in a new hire. One of the other top skills was critical thought. However, the survey also revealed that both of these skills were among the hardest to find in applicants. It should be noted the response rate of the survey was low and thus, the findings cannot be generalized to the greater population. 2. Employers Dissatisfied with Employee Skills Bravo, A. and Hyde, J. (2015, September 21). Students Think They’re Ready for The Real World; Employers, Not So Much. Forbes . Retrieved September 22, 2015 from - world-employers-not-so-much/? utm_campaign=Forbes&utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_chancha=O pinion&linkId=17199596 70% of employees, in a recent survey, believe that they have the critical thinking skills to succeed in the workplace. However, only 33% of employers believe recent college graduates are ready for the real world. Additionally, these employers are starting to value these widely lacked skills over academic achievement, with only 2% of employers considering GPA the most important factor when hiring applicants.
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