ERIC Number: ED284980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy: Skills for the American Work Force. Research and Development Series No. 265B.
Hull, William L.; Sechler, Judith A.
A study examined the nature and extent of adult literacy needs in the American labor force. Data for the study were collected from a review of the literature, site visits to nine industry-based training programs, and consultation with a technical panel of experts. Input from company managers, instructors, and trainers familiar with the manufacturing sector indicated that higher-level skills are needed in today's work force than were needed five years ago. As more companies convert to more complex equipment, employee skills must be upgraded. Basic literacy skills were generally seen as prerequisites to the acquisition of more technical knowledge. Basic reading, writing, computation, listening, and thinking skills were seen as necessary prerequisites for successful job entry. Many of these same skills were also deemed necessary to job advancement in the manufacturing sector, and even more analytical (including reasoning and problem solving) and communication skills were considered necessary for advancement than were felt to be necessary for job entry. Pretechnical skills, such as knowledge of algebra and selected writing abilities, were also suggested as literacy needs by respondents from some high-technology companies. Vocational educators are in a position to help industrial trainers design and implement occupationally relevant literacy training in which higher-order literacy skills are taught in a systematic manner. (Appendixes include a generic list of basic skills required for entry into vocational training, the Center for Public Resources basic skills survey list, and descriptions of the six General Educational Development [GED] levels.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Educational Needs, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, Illiteracy, Job Skills, Labor Force, Labor Needs, Literacy Education, Promotion (Occupational), Vocational Education, Workplace Literacy
National Center Publications, Box F, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (Order No. RD265B--$7.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For related documents, see CE 047 952-954.