ERIC Number: ED189313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Job Literacy: A Study of Literacy Demands, Attitudes, and Strategies in a Cross-Section of Occupations.
Mikulecky, Larry; Diehl, William
A study was conducted that addressed job literacy in a cross-section of occupations. The Diehl-Mikulecky Job Literacy Survey was administered to 107 subjects who represented a full range of occupational types and levels and who comprised a sample similar to the adult working population on the demographic variables of sex, race, income earned, and occupational category. The survey included items to assess the literacy demands encountered in occupations, the strategies employed by subjects in meeting these demands, and select attitudinal variables hypothesized to influence functional literacy in a job context. Additionally, the survey provided an indication of general reading ability through the use of a cloze test on a general topic, and an indication of job-reading ability through the use of a cloze test constructed for subjects from their actual work materials. Several traditional measures of occupational success (income, job prestige, and job responsibility) were incorporated as variables in the study. The data collected were reduced to fourteen major variables (four variables tapping literacy demands, five tapping subjects' strategies and competencies, and five tapping attitudes) and several demographic variables. The interrelationships of the variables and their contributive effects in explaining variances in job-literacy competency, literacy demands, and occupations success were examined. (BM)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Competence, Cross Sectional Studies, Demography, Employment Qualifications, Job Performance, Measurement Techniques, Occupational Tests, Reading Skills, Testing, Workplace Literacy, Writing Skills
Reading Education Department, School of Education, Room 211, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47401 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Reading Program Center.