ERIC Number: ED284981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Literacy: Industry-Based Training Programs. Research and Development Series No. 265C.
Fields, Ernest L.; And Others
Nine industry-based adult literacy programs across the country were studied to identify exemplary training programs and practices that business and industry trainers, planners, and policymakers and individuals in the public education sector alike could replicate in designing adult literacy programs. Training programs offered by the following organizations were among those studied: Onan Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Philadelphia Hospital and Health Care District 1199C; Planters Peanut Company, Suffolk, Virginia; Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts; R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Rockwell International, Denver, Colorado; and Texas Instruments, Inc., Austin, Texas. The programs studied could be classified as either (1) traditional programs that were viewed primarily as employee benefits or (2) instruments for achieving the company's advanced technology goals. Traditional programs were generally initiated during an era of company prosperity and security, whereas the "new" literacy skills programs were initiated during an era of foreign competition and rapid technological change. Reading and mathematics were the most frequent skills taught in the programs studied. In general, initial union resistance and supervisor indifference to the programs appeared to give way as the programs' benefits became apparent. Most of the programs examined offered on-site training, although several of the programs were collaborative ventures between the company and/or union and local educational institutions. (This report includes case studies of seven of the nine programs studied, a synthesis and a summary of the study findings, and a list of recommendations to help training planners and instructors meet employee's needs for literacy training. Each case study includes information on the program's history, basic skills requirements, structure, employee participation, instructional processes, and evaluation procedures and outcomes.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Case Studies, Corporate Education, Educational Practices, Employment Practices, Labor Education, Literacy Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Content, Program Development, Program Effectiveness
National Center Publications, Box F, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (Order No. RD265C--$5.25).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers; Community
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 047 952-953.