ERIC Number: ED393968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of Recent Workplace Literacy Programs and a Projection of Future Challenges.
Mikulecky, Larry; And Others
The state of workplace literacy in the United States was reviewed, and future challenges facing workplace literacy programs given projected economic and demographic changes were examined. First, statistical information from 121 workplace literacy program reports entered into the ERIC database between 1990 and 1993 was synthesized in an analysis of the following: program organization and target clientele, program goals, curriculum and materials, and program complexity. Next, selected workplace literacy programs were profiled in the context of existing policy guidelines for federally funded workplace literacy programs. Special emphasis was placed on curriculum approaches, commitment of school and business partners, and program evaluation methods. The implications of demographic and national/global economic trends economies for the provision of workplace literacy programs were analyzed. Finally, the following promising new developments in workplace literacy programs were described: pay for knowledge, multiple employer and union activities within industries, and increased state-level support and diversification of basic skills provision for the work force. Among the study's main conclusions were the following: partnerships are integral to program success, programs must emphasize continuing lifelong learning in rich educational environments, and more attention must be paid to program evaluation. (Contains 89 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Curriculum, Demography, Economic Change, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Evaluation Methods, Futures (of Society), Guidelines, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, Partnerships in Education, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, State Federal Aid, State of the Art Reviews, Trend Analysis, Workplace Literacy
National Center on Adult Literacy, University of Pennsylvania, Publications, 3910 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3111 (order no. TR96-04).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.