ERIC Number: ED280996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Attitudes Associated with Retraining. Part I. Work Resource and Retraining Initiative.
A study was conducted to develop an understanding of retraining from the perspective of those who have experienced it--to know more about how and why they decided to undertake the process of acquiring new or additional work skills, how they learned about the alternatives available to them, and what feelings accompanied this experience. Research was conducted using focus groups of the following types of persons: (1) workers retraining as a result of being displaced by job cut-backs or plant closures; (2) workers retraining in order to seek better jobs, either with their present employer or a new employer; (3) workers enrolled in company-sponsored retraining programs; and (4) farmers training for nonagricultural employment. Participants included men and women representing a range of ages, ethnicity, and educational backgrounds. The participants reported a variety of reasons for getting retraining, mostly as a result of losing a job or selling their farms; they had to overcome a number of psychological and emotional barriers, such as disbelief, guilt, isolation, lack of information about options, pride, and fear. The knowledge gained in the study will be used to assist in the creation of public service announcements and other broadcast materials to encourage dislocated workers to begin thinking now about the necessity of retraining in order to avoid future displacement. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration (DOC), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, DC.
Note: A product of the Broadcasting Industry Productivity Council. For part II, see CE 049 798.