ERIC Number: ED341765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
A Followup Study of Industry Immersion for Reading and Mathematics Improvement at Airport Field Maintenance Facility.
Naval Technical Training Command, Millington, TN. Research Branch.; Literacy Foundation Memphis, Inc., TN.; Memphis City School System, TN.
A pilot program of the industry immersion model of reading and mathematics instruction was conducted on site at the Airport Field Maintenance Facility, Memphis, in January-February 1989. After this intensive immersion program (80 hours of instruction in 4 weeks), the 12 participants showed significant gains averaging 2.2 grade levels in reading and 1.3 grade levels in mathematics, and positive growth in self-esteem. A follow-up study 6 months later showed that reading level gains were generally stable, with some dramatic gains among students who had continued to read on their own following the program and some losses of skill level among those who had not continued to read. All participants said they felt more self-assured, and all expressed interest in attending a continuing adult reading and mathematics program. Participants felt that they were able to use their skills better on the job as well as at home. Administrators also indicated that the program had been valuable in helping workers develop sensitivity to company needs and goals as well as basic skills. The follow-up study concluded that the immersion model is valuable because it customizes instruction to the needs and goals of workers and the company. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Educational Needs, Employee Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Followup Studies, Literacy Education, Mathematics Instruction, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Reading Instruction, Self Esteem, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teaching Methods, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Naval Technical Training Command, Millington, TN. Research Branch.; Literacy Foundation Memphis, Inc., TN.; Memphis City School System, TN.
Note: For a related document, see CE 054 602.