ERIC Number: ED337708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Is the Story Literacy, Decent Jobs, or Political Will? A Reporter's Guide to Emerging Adult Literacy Issues.
Education Writers Association, Washington, DC.
Six reporters in diverse areas looked at how their communities were responding to adult literacy, basic skills, and workplace literacy programs. This guide contains six reports, three in each of its two parts: (1) Reporting on Welfare Reform--Is the Story Literacy or Decent Jobs? and (2) Reporting on Literacy Programs--Is There a "Literacy/Basic Skills" System? Part 1 contains the following papers: "San Diego--Gain, but at a Big Price" (Sharong Jones); "Akron--Training for 'Slave Labor,'" (Thrity Umrigar); and "Belle Glade--Heavy on Referrals, Light on Jobs" (Christopher Boyd). Part 2 contains the following papers: "Laurel--Adjusting Again to Higher Skills" (Lea Anne Brandon, Reagan Walker); "Tucson--Skills Gap in Two Languages" (Susan Knight); and "Westchester County--Cracks in the Systems" (Rhoda Gilinsky). The following conclusions are presented: (1) few data attest to the success of these programs; (2) math skills may be more important than reading skills; (3) lack of support services is a significant barrier to program success; (4) no single system for adult literacy exists; (5) more coordination between programs and employers is needed; and (6) programs are more successful if participants improve literacy skills while preparing for jobs. (NLA)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Community Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Counseling Services, Day Care, Employment Opportunities, Employment Programs, English (Second Language), Job Skills, Literacy Education, Mathematics Skills, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Reading Skills, Services, Speech Skills, Technological Literacy, Transportation, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services, Workplace Literacy
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Education Writers Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Arizona (Tucson); California (San Diego); Florida (Belle Glade); Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Program; Mississippi; New York (Westchester County); Ohio (Akron)