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SCANS Competencies

2. Workplace Competencies: Information

C5 Acquires and Evaluates Information: Identifies need for data, obtains them from existing sources or creates them, and evaluates their relevance and accuracy. Competently performing the tasks of acquiring data and evaluating information includes analytic questions to determine specific information needs; selecting possible information and evaluating its appropriateness; and determining when new information must be created.

C7 Interprets and Communicates Information: Selects and analyzes information and communicates the results to others using oral, written, graphic, pictorial, or multi-media methods. Competently performing the tasks of communicating and interpreting information to others includes determining information to be communicated; identifying the best methods to present information (e.g., overheads, handouts); if necessary, converting to desired format and conveying information to other through a variety of means including oral presentation, written communication, etc.

Foundation Skills: Basic Skills

F1 Reading: Locates, understands, and interprets written information in prose and documents — including manuals, graphs, and schedules — to perform tasks; learns from text by determining the main idea or essential message; identifies relevant details, facts, and specifications; infers or locates the meaning of unknown or technical vocabulary; judges the accuracy, appropriateness, style, and plausibility of reports, proposals, or theories of other writers.

Foundation Skills: Thinking Skills

F9 Problem Solving: Recognizes that a problem exists (i.e., there is a discrepancy between what is and what should or could be); identifies possible reasons for the discrepancy, and devises and implements a plan of action to resolve it. Evaluates and monitors progress and revises plan as indicated by findings.


SCANS Competencies

Learning to Learn
Demonstrate ability to use thinking skills
Identify and paraphrase pertinent information
Analyze a situation, statement, or process, identifying component elements and causal and part/whole relationships
Make comparisons, differentiating among, sorting, and classifying items, information, or ideas
Identify or make inferences through inductive and deductive reasoning to hypothesize, predict, conclude, and synthesize; distinguish fact from opinion, and determine what is mandatory and what is discretionary
Evaluate a situation, statement, or process, assembling information and providing evidence, making judgments, examining assumptions, and identifying contradictions
Identify factors involved in making decisions, including considering goals, constraints, and consequences, and weighing alternatives
Demonstrate study skills
Identify or utilize appropriate informational resources (see also 4.9.3)