ERIC Number: ED021166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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Retraining Older Men in the Art of Writing.
Nineteen chemical operators, aged 38 to 59, were trained in report writing in their plant in order to pass national examinations. There were two training sessions. In the first, the need for clear, accurate statements and appreciation of the difference between the written and spoken word were stressed. The second was practice in writing inductive reports. Lectures, group discussion of clear and unclear writing, handouts, and trial examinations were all used. The average examination marks increased over a year from 61 percent on the first paper to 78 percent on the fourth. Factors contributing to the success of the program were that (1) trainees were motivated by the expectation of higher status and pay, (2) the need for training was thoroughly explained and training was linked to the participants' subject knowledge, (3) management showed confidence in the men's ability to retrain, and (4) the men were pleased that someone cared enough about them to prepare the program, explain the technical points, listen to questions, and help them to qualify. (Appendixes are summaries of both sessions, including handouts.) (aj)
Descriptors: Inplant Programs, Middle Aged Adults, Motivation, Program Evaluation, Reinforcement, Retraining, Technical Writing
Institute of Personnel Management, 5 Winsley St., Oxford Circus, London W 1 (6 shillings).
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