ERIC Number: ED259212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Job-Related Basic Skills. Overview. ERIC Digest No. 42.
Thiel, Kathleen K.
Because of the changing nature of work in society, higher levels of basic skills in reading, writing, and computation are needed in all occupational areas, whether or not they are related to high technology. Although research on the relationship between job performance and basic skills is not definitive, it is clear that it is more important for workers to be able to apply basic skills in a job performance situation than to demonstrate these skills on a standardized test. Examples of successful occupationally oriented basic skills programs include a public and private sector cooperation effort to prepare Comprehensive Employment and Training Act eligible workers as competitive word processing operators, an urban retraining program for wastewater treatment workers, and an occupational literacy training program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (the FLIT Program). Research indicates that individuals who wish to develop job-oriented basic skills programs should strive to maintain an orientation to the mission of the agency for which the basic skills program is being developed, provide training in basic skills within a functional context, arrange program conditions to maximize learning time, and use competency-based mastery learning techniques. (MN)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Cooperation, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Employment Programs, Functional Literacy, Job Performance, Job Skills, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, School Business Relationship, School Role, Skill Development, Training Methods, Training Objectives, Transfer of Training, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.