ERIC Number: ED324442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy and Trowel Trades Project. Evaluation Report.
International Masonry Inst., Washington, DC.; International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, Washington, DC.
In a workplace literacy program designed by the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen and the International Masonry Institute, the basic skills of 615 participants were assessed in mathematics, reading, writing, presentation, listening-responding, and problem-solving at sites in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Available data indicate that 116 individuals participated in workplace literacy skills instruction during the program's fourth quarter. Eligible participants worked in the trowel trades (bricklaying, tile setting, plastering, terrazzo work, stone masonry, cement masonry, marble masonry, pointing, cleaning, and caulking). The three delivery systems used to deliver instruction were videotape technology, individual tutoring, and computer-assisted instruction. Participants liked the videotape delivery system in that they could be trained at home on their own schedule. Participants suggested that the time needed to request tapes be shortened, that they be allowed to watch the tapes with another participant, that the tapes be better matched to the individual's skill level, and that the tapes be based on the individual's particular trade. The tutoring delivery system was considered supportive by participants but also inconvenient. Participants suggested group tutoring might be more effective than individual tutoring. The computer-assisted instruction was the least successful method, with participants indicating a continuing fear of using computers and finding the software unsuitable for adults. Once software appropriate for adults and specific to the trades was found, greater participation was reported. (A sample individualized learning plan and a literacy assessment instrument are included.) (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Adult Education and Literacy.
Authoring Institution: International Masonry Inst., Washington, DC.; International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, Washington, DC.