ERIC Number: ED284958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Methods of Providing Vocational Skills to Individuals with Low Literacy Levels: The U.S. Experience. Discussion Paper No. 1.
Barbee, David E.
This paper describes the U.S. experience in providing vocational training to the low-literate. Chapter I presents an overview of the problem. It discusses the changing nature of work, the workplace, the worker, and vocational training itself. Chapter II describes the U.S. experience in the training of low-literates. The approaches, methods, and techniques developed in the United States to train individuals with low literacy levels (ILLLs) are examined. They include the "functional context" approach to instruction (the most efficient and cost-effective method) and the "Comprehensive Competencies Program." The microcomputer, videodisc, and compact and optical discs are discussed in terms of their practical applications in the design, development, delivery, management, and evaluation of training programs. Chapter II proposes guidelines for the development of vocational training programs for the low-literate based on relevant U.S. experience. The guidelines will need to be adapted according to the varying conditions for literacy from country to country. Chapter IV presents six case studies that exemplify the U.S. experience in vocational training for individuals with low literacy levels. A developmental model of literacy and a bibliography are appended. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Labour Office, Geneva (Switzerland).