What is the Cooperate with Others Performance Continuum?

The EFF Cooperate with Others Performance Continuum is:

A developmental description of performance on the standard . . .

The EFF standard Cooperate with Others, one of the four interrelated and sometimes overlapping EFF standards that are categorized as "Interpersonal Skills," highlights one domain of adult knowledge and skills that is critical for adults to be able to draw from in order to carry out their responsibilities in their roles as family members, workers, and citizens In particular, cooperation is often cited by employers and practitioners in workforce development-along with such skills as problem-solving and leadership capacity-as a critical "behavioral skill" for successful and productive employees.

The continuum has been designed to describe performance in cooperation from Level 1 to Level 5.

A multidimensional description of performance on the standard . . .

Performance levels on Cooperate with Others are defined by key features called dimensions of performance. They include:

  • the structure and depth of the knowledge base;
  • fluency of performance;
  • independence of performance;
  • range of performance.

A set of benchmarks for the development of proficiency on the
standard . . .

Performance level descriptors define points along the continuum that serve as benchmarks for key stages in development on the standard and for the increasing ability of adults to accomplish important activities in daily life that require the ability to cooperate with others.

A set of measures based on applied skills and processes . . .

The performance continuum reflects the kinds of applied knowledge and skills adults need to meet real world purposes and goals in their lives as workers, citizens, and family members. A summary of the key research principles underlying this approach can be found in the EFF Research to Practice Notes in the EFF Special Collection at http://eff.cls.utk.edu/products_services/online_publications.htm.


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