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Identifying and Describing the Skills Required by Work

There is no generally accepted statement of the skills required to succeed at a career in the United States. The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) set out to formulate a new framework for workplace skills based on three components: The functional skills that describe what people actually do at work; the enabling skills, that is, the specific knowledge and procedures developed through the traditional teaching and learning activities of schools; and the scenario, a communication device to demonstrate the way in which work integrates these skills into a productive outcome.

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