ERIC Number: ED338863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Worker-Centered Learning: A Union Guide to Workplace Literacy.
Sarmiento, Anthony R.; Kay, Ann
This guide examines organized labor's views on adult literacy. It also describes several union-sponsored workplace education programs and suggests how a union can plan and operate a worker-centered literacy program. The book is organized in three parts. The first part examines workplace literacy in four chapters that cover the following: the changing workplace, unions' stake in education and literacy, literacy in the workplace today, and unions' worker-centered approach to workplace literacy. The second part, which makes up most of the book, contains two chapters that explain how to design a worker-centered program. Steps described include the following: laying the groundwork, identifying members' needs and goals, negotiating funding, defining the union role, developing links with the educational community, outlining a plan of services, designing the worker-centered classroom, encouraging members to participate, and keeping the program on track. The second chapter of this section suggests ways educational services can be offered to union members if the union is not able to operate its own program. The final section (appendixes) lists members of the technical resource group involved in developing the guide, outside funding resources, 56 books and articles, and labor organizations whose programs are mentioned in the guide. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Educational Resources, Inplant Programs, Labor Education, Literacy Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Unions, Workplace Literacy
AFL-CIO Human Resources Development Institute, 815 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006 ($5.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Washington, DC. Human Resources Development Inst.