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ERIC Number: ED316716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-2
Pages: 21
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Defining Workplace Literacy Education in Massachusetts. A Survey of Workplace Literacy Education Programs in Massachusetts, Conducted in September and October 1989.
Rosen, David J.; Kale, Cerci
A survey of 42 Massachusetts workplace literacy programs was conducted in fall 1989 to determine whether the programs generally fit a standard definition of workplace literacy derived from "A Guide to Developing Instruction for Workforce Literacy Programs" by Jorie W. Philippi. The study's seven-item questionnaire included the definition to which respondents were asked to compare their programs. The questionnaire instructions stated the researchers' suspicion that the definition does not "represent the great variety seen in workplace education in Massachusetts." Respondents were asked to state how their programs did not fit the definition, if that were the case. Respondents were encouraged to ignore the questions and respond in another manner if the questions were not useful. The return rate was 64 percent. Most of the practitioners agreed with these elements of the definition: (1) their programs were designed to meet the needs of the organization and the worker by translating learning into improved job performance; and (2) the results of their programs should be measured in terms of job accuracy and productivity, employee retention/promotion, and (lower) accident rates. Most of the respondents believed that their programs differed from the definition in that their programs: (1) had important goals in addition to meeting the goals of the organization and translating learning into improved job performance; (2) had instructional content that did not focus exclusively on basic skills applications that are used in the context of job tasks; and (3) should be evaluated by measures in addition to job accuracy and productivity, employee retention and promotion, and accident rates. There was a widely held opinion that the definition was too narrow; too constraining; too much like job training rather than education; and not respectful of students', workers', unions', or employers' interests and goals. (The document contains a copy of the questionnaire.) (CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts