ERIC Number: ED177366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul-1
Reference Count: 0
The Development and Testing of Adult Vocational Programs Utilizing the Adult Performance Level Competency Approach. Final Report.
Tennessee State Dept. of Education, Nashville.
A project set out to develop and test adult performance level (APL) materials for pre-vocational programs to enable adults to develop those skills needed to seek and retain employment. Addressing the APL area of occupational knowledge only, methodology focused on (1) joint planning in material development and testing; (2) extensive training in instructional material utilization prior to field testing; (3) evaluation of teacher input; (4) assessment of basic occupational knowledge skills acquired by the learner with an APL as opposed to a non-APL approach; and (5) a statewide products and skills dissemination plan. Resulting products--five modules and three publications--were geared to attainment of specified competencies in the skill areas of communication, problem solving, interpersonal relations, and computation. The five modules covered such subjects as employment information sources, applications, and interviews, job satisfaction, standards of behavior on the job, and legal aspects of employment. Each included a teacher manual, a student manual (containing exercises and learning activities), and resource materials. The three publications were a teacher handbook, an annotated listing by publisher of material related to occupational information, and a booklet explaining the APL developmental process. Project staff administered pre-and posttests and used t-tests to compare control versus experimental group scores of students exposed to the modules and found all of the modules to have significant impact upon knowledge and skills acquisition. (Copies of posttests are appended.) (CP)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adult Education, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Adult Vocational Education, Basic Skills, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Research, Instructional Materials, Job Skills, Material Development, Minimum Competency Testing, Prevocational Education, Skill Development, Vocational Adjustment, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Vocational Education Research Branch.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Dept. of Education, Nashville.
Identifiers: Adult Performance Level