ERIC Number: ED337587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Basic Skills Education in Business and Industry: Factors for Success or Failure. Contractor Report.
Delker, Paul V.
This Contractor Report was prepared as background information for OTA's assessment: "Worker Training: Competing in the New International Economy." A review of workplace basic skills research and practice identified factors contributing to success. The review of the research defined workplace basic skills and found that: (1) there was a scant relationship between academic basic skill competence and job performance; and (2) requirements for job-related basic skills were best addressed in competency-based training programs. Eight field investigations were conducted to view current job-related basic skills programs. Programs studied were as follows: Plumley Companies; Aetna Institute for Corporate Education; South Carolina's Governor's Initiative for Work Force Excellence; Connecticut's State Education Department; New York's Employer Specific Skills Training Program; Houston Community College; Rockingham Community College; and Skills 2000. These programs were examined in terms of a figure with two axes--one representing a purely academic approach to basic skills designed to make the learner proficient in academic settings, another representing a purely job-related basic skills approach designed to make the worker proficient in quite specific workplace settings. The programs were found to illustrate the importance of four types of support: employer support, union support, state support, and federal support. Two major categories of interactive factors contributing to success or failure were identified in two major categories: learning system factors and support system factors. An "Executive Summary" of 11 pages precedes the full report. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Basic Skills, Competency Based Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Methods, Federal Government, Government Role, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Peer Relationship, Social Support Groups, State Government, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges, Unions, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For the assessment to which this report is background, see ED 326 622.