ERIC Number: ED253773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
The Literacy-Employment Equation. Education for Tomorrow's Jobs. A Policy Options Monograph.
Butler, Erik Payne; And Others
The resurgence of public interest in education highlights the connection between education and employment success. The emphasis on excellence puts concommitant pressure on the other end of the spectrum--remediation programs such as the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), a program that mandates closer collaboration between the public and private sectors. Research on education and employment demonstrates the link between educational attainment and successful employment, though there is little agreement on how best to measure basic skills and how competency factors operate in the labor market. The employment impact of lack of basic skills upon functionally illiterate adults cannot be denied. Therefore, improvements in local practice and in Federal and state policy are imperative. At the local level, JTPA-funded programs can expand the focus on basic skills and literacy, increase services to dropouts and adults, devise meaningful credentials jointly agreed upon by educators and employers, and create coherent systems of local services to improve input (assessment and program assignment) and output (credentialling and outplacement). Federal policymakers can enhance coordination and collaboration by providing: a multistate overview of policies and practices, leverage through initiative and regulation, financial resources to attack problems on a large scale, visible cooperative leadership through the Departments of Labor and Education, and technical assistance. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Basic Skills, Community Services, Cooperation, Credentials, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Programs, Employment Qualifications, Job Training, Literacy, Public Education, Public Policy, School Business Relationship, School Districts, Secondary Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.; Network of Innovative Schools, Inc., Andover, MA.
Identifiers: Job Training Partnership Act 1982; National Adult Literacy Project
Note: For related monographs, see CE 041 175-179. Product of the National Adult Literacy Project.