ERIC Number: ED286044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
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Occupational Literacy and/or Literacy in the Workplace.
Chang, Kathryn L.
Some researchers estimate that 99 percent of occupations require some ability to read. Yet, illiteracy is a present and growing problem for many businesses. Some researchers contend that the basic educational system does not prepare workers to read on the job. Many teachers consider reading an elementary skill and do not focus on it in higher grades. Vocational education presupposes a knowledge of reading before occupationally related work is attempted in a supposition not always grounded in fact. In an attempt to find ways to prepare potential workers for job-related reading, researchers are examining the differences between the literacy demands while on the job and while training for the job. However, some researchers find on-the-job reading much more demanding than job-training reading, whereas others have found the opposite to be likely. Another direction of current research is toward the way information gained through reading is processed to enhance occupational effectiveness. More research is needed in order to prepare students for work-related reading. However, it is imperative that the situation that has led to the crisis in occupational literacy not be duplicated in adult literacy programs. Curriculum developers can use the research on adult literacy and adult learning in order to create programs that will effectively prepare adults for the workplace. A six-page reference list is included. (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Commonwealth Association for the Education and Training of Adults (Surat, India, March 1987) and at the Meeting of the Saskatchewan Association for Lifelong Learning (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, May 1987).