ERIC Number: ED333199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of the National Workplace Literacy Program.
Kutner, Mark A.; And Others
Projects funded during the first year of operation of the National Workplace Literacy Program were examined. Activities included a review of research literature, analyses of data from 29 of the 37 first-year projects, and site visits to 6 projects. The research literature suggested the following elements of successful workplace literacy programs: a close and collaborative relationship between workplace literacy partners; employee involvement; a literacy task analysis; clear and objective program goals; linking of workplace literacy instruction with job tasks; and instructors with experience teaching adults. Information from site visits identified four components associated with effective workplace literacy projects: (1) active involvement by project partners, such as businesses and unions, in project planning, design, and operation; (2) active and ongoing employee involvement in conducting literacy task analyses and determining worker literacy levels; (3) systematic analysis of on-the-job literacy requirements; and (4) development of instructional materials related to literacy skills required on the job. Five recommendations to improve program effectiveness were offered: (1) require workplace literacy projects to collect data; (2) lengthen the grant period; (3) develop procedures for disseminating information about successful projects; (4) require projects to evaluate effectiveness; and (5) support development of instruments to assess participant literacy levels geared for the workplace. (Appendixes include 88 references and project data.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Business Responsibility, Cooperative Planning, Data Analysis, Employer Employee Relationship, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Grants, Illiteracy, Inplant Programs, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, Material Development, Nonschool Educational Programs, On the Job Training, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Staff Development, Task Analysis, Unions, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Pelavin Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.