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Comparative Literature: Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


Skills1

  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities

  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Knowledge

  • Group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Theories and principals about different philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • Historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • Communication and information dissemination techniques and methods
  • Leadership and coordination of people and resources
  • Esthetics, cultural trends and history of ideas
  • Multiple languages

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

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