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ERIC Number: ED340845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May-3
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Good News and Bad News about Workplace Literacy Efforts in the United States.
Jurmo, Paul
Some good news and some bad news can be seen in six areas of workplace literacy efforts: awareness, curriculum development, collaboration, staff training, research and evaluation, and funding. The good news includes the following: (1) more highly placed corporation executives are becoming aware of the need for literacy programs; (2) curriculum development is beginning to become more contextual, with a "functional context" approach based on real-world uses of literacy; (3) more collaboration among and between curriculum developers, trade associations, unions, management, and social agencies is taking place; (4) there are more staff training opportunities; (5) some research-based evaluation efforts are being made; and (6) there has been some increase in federal and state funding for workplace basic skills education. Among the bad news is the following: (1) the new awareness of the educational needs at the policy level does not lead to much else; (2) some workplace programs still rely on traditional "workbook" approaches or curricula designed by outside experts with little input from the people in the workplace; (3) there is little guidance on how to "collaborate"; (4) staff training opportunities are still scattered; (5) too little research is being conducted before workplace programs are started; and (6) resources are still limited. Employers should wake up, analyze their problems, find well-trained help in implementing programs, and make a long-term commitment to workplace literacy. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Keynote address presented at the Job Training Partnership Act Workplace Literacy Forum (San Antonio, TX, May 3, 1991).