ERIC Number: ED308315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Meeting the Economic Challenge of the 1990s: Workforce Literacy in the South.
Mendel, Richard A.
This study of work force illiteracy in the southern region of the United States reached the following five conclusions: (1) the problem is concentrated more among high school dropouts than among grade school dropouts who never learned to read; (2) the South risks creating a permanent, massive pool of undereducated citizens unable to support themselves, at a time when shortages of skilled workers are emerging as a critical barrier to economic progress; (3) the South's response to the literacy problem is seriously inadequate; (4) the poor quality of literacy and adult education programs is as serious as the small quantity of adults served; and (5) resolution of the South's problem is unlikely without federal leadership in the form of enhancing the quality and accountability of adult literacy programs, establishing labor force development as a direct goal of Adult Education Act programs, and increasing financial support for adult literacy education. The study's methodology included examination of quantitative data on the changing demands of the workplace and on the educational attainment and functional literacy skills of southern adults; a literature search on literacy and its relation to the southern economy; phone interviews with adult education officials in 14 southern states; and personal and phone interviews with more than 100 economists, educators, demographers, executives, economic developers, and job trainers. (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Sunbelt Inst., Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: MDC, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC.