ERIC Number: ED246390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Concept of "Literacy" and Investigation of the Role of the Fortune 500 Companies in Literacy Training.
A study was conducted to obtain information about the involvement of the private sector in creating literacy programs for employees. Specifically, it examined the extent to which selected Fortune 500 companies were involved in literacy training and the extent to which materials and methods used were relevant to specific job tasks. An analysis of data gathered from the 57 respondents indicated that almost one-quarter of them offered some type of literacy course for their employees. The programs offered seemed to be developmental--geared toward skills improvement and making workers more efficient--rather than remedial--geared toward reteaching skills that should have been learned in school. Several companies offered speed reading programs. Most programs, however, were in the area of writing. One-third of the respondents expressed the feeling that the schools had not adequately prepared their employees for job literacy demands. Overall, the results indicated that there is a small amount of activity in the area of company sponsored literacy training, and little likelihood that this activity will increase in the near future. (The questionnaire used in the survey is appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Private Sector
Note: M.Ed. Thesis, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.