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SCANS Skills

SCANS*Alaska Content Standards

Basic Skills – reading, writing, arithmetic and mathematics, listening, and speaking

• Locates, understands, and interprets written information in prose and in documents such as manuals, graphs, and schedules
• Communicates thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing, and creates documents such as letter, directions, manuals, reports, graphs, and flow charts
• Performs basic computations and approaches practical problems by choosing appropriately from a variety of mathematical techniques
• Receives, attends to, interprets, and responds to verbal messages and other cues
• Organizes ideas and communicates orally

  • Employability A
  • English/Language Arts A, B
  • Healthy Life B
  • Math A, B
  • Technology D
  • World Language A

Thinking Skills – creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, seeing things in the mind’s eye, knowing how to learn, and reasoning

• Generates new ideas
• Specifies goals and constraints, generates alternatives, considers risks, and evaluates and chooses best alternative
• Recognizes problems and devises and implements plan of action
• Organizes, and processes symbols, pictures, graphs, objects, and other information
• Uses efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills

  • English/Language Arts C, D
  • Geography B
  • Government & Citizenship E
  • Healthy Life B, D
  • History C, D
  • Math B, D
  • Science B, D
  • Technology C

Personal Qualities – responsibility, self esteem, sociability, self-management, integrity and honesty

• Exerts a high level of effort and perseveres toward goal attainment
• Believes in own self-worth and maintains a positive view of self
• Demonstrates understanding, friendliness, adaptability, empathy, and politeness in group settings
• Assesses self accurately, sets personal goals, monitors progress, and exhibits self-control
• Chooses ethical courses of action

  • Arts C
  • Employability A
  • Government & citizenship A, B
  • Healthy Life C
  • Science B

* Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills

SCANSAlaska Content Standards

Resources – allocate time, money, materials, space and staff.

• Selects goal-relevant activities, ranks them, allocates time, and prepares and follows schedules
• Uses or prepares budgets, makes forecasts, keeps records, and makes adjustments to meet objectives
• Acquires, stores, allocates, and uses materials or space efficiently
• Assesses skills and distributes work accordingly, evaluates performance, and provides feedback

  • Arts A
  • Employability A, B
  • English/Language Arts C
  • Geography E
  • Government & Citizenship F, G
  • Science B

Interpersonal Skills – Participate in teams, teach others new skills, serve clients and customers, exercise leadership, negotiate, and work with diversity.

• Contributes to group effort
• Works to satisfy customers’ expectations
• Communicates ideas to justify position, persuades and convinces others, responsibly challenges existing procedure an policies
• Works toward agreements involving exchange of resources, resolves divergent interests
• Works well with men and women from diverse backgrounds

  • Arts C, D
  • English/Language Arts C, E
  • Government & Citizenship E
  • Healthy Life B, C
  • History A, D
  • Math B
  • Science B
  • Technology D
  • World Language B, C
Information – Acquire and evaluate information, organize and maintain information, interpret and communicate information, and use computers to process information.
  • Arts B
  • Employability A, B
  • English/Language Arts B, E
  • Geography B
  • History B
  • Science A, C
  • Technology B

SCANSAlaska Content Standards

Systems – Understand systems, monitor a correct performance and improve or design systems.

• Knows how social, organizational, and technological systems work and operates effectively with them
• Distinguishes trends, predicts impacts on system operations, diagnoses deviations in systems’ performance and corrects malfunctions
• Suggests modifications to existing systems and develops new or alternative systems to improve performance

  • Arts B
  • Employability A
  • Geography E
  • Government & Citizenship C, F, G
  • Healthy Life D
  • History B
  • Science D

Technology – Select technology, apply technology to task, maintain and troubleshoot equipment.

• Chooses procedures, tools, or equipment including computers and related technologies
• Understands overall intent and proper procedures for setup and operation of equipment
• Prevents, identifies, or solves problems with equipment, including computers and other technologies

  • English/Language Arts A
  • Geography A, D
  • History C
  • Math B
  • Science B
  • Technology A, B, C, D, E

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