ERIC Number: ED362733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Learning That Works: Basic Skills Programs in Illinois Corporations. Programs and Structures, Report #1.
Illinois Literacy Resource Development Center, Rantoul.
A study examined basic skills programs at 21 Illinois companies. Most of the top managers interviewed recognized the basic skills training needs of their work forces; however, only 14 of the companies actually offered workplace basic skills programs. Three major motivating factors were identified as catalysts for beginning a program: a drive for quality improvement (7 companies), commitment to worker education on the part of top management (5 companies), and the sales efforts of educational vendors (2 companies). The programs shared many similarities. Participating employees generally received 2 hours of class instruction weekly for an average of 5 months, classes were run much like traditional adult education classes, and most courses were designed and taught by community college personnel. Program strength and intensity varied greatly from site to site depending on teacher and company input into program design and monitoring. A series of recommendations related to collective, education providers', business community, policymakers', and program partners' responsibilities in the area of workplace basic skills programming is included. (Profiles of the 21 companies are appended, and 24 bibliographic citations and 42 suggested readings are listed.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Comparative Analysis, Corporate Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Employer Attitudes, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Program Content, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, State Surveys, Workplace Literacy
Illinois Literacy Resource Development Center, 209 West Clark Street, Champaign, IL 61820 ($35).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Literacy Resource Development Center, Rantoul.