ERIC Number: ED340891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Workplace Literacy Project: Northern California. Final Report.
California Human Development Corp.
The California Human Development Corporation's Rural Workplace Literacy Project (RWLP) provided migrant and seasonal farmworkers with on-site workplace literacy training designed to enhance their ability to develop job skills. During 1990-91, it provided literacy classes at 15 agricultural worksites and enrolled 282 farmworkers. Of students participating in pre- and post-testing, 96 percent demonstrated improvement in test scores in the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS). Employers provided a variety of support, including classroom space, administrative services, access to equipment, paid release time, and attendance bonuses. A strategy for securing committed partners for RWLP in the future would be to educate employers to realize the benefits of an on-site workplace literacy project. A core curriculum for agriculture was altered for each specific site. An independent evaluation was conducted to assess program strengths and weaknesses and highlight directions for improvement. During visits to six sites, interview and observation data were collected. Evaluation findings were as follows: (1) all participants were very positive toward the program; (2) learning outcomes were positive; (3) most employers did not understand how the literacy program could help them; (4) employers and employees had different objectives for the educational process; (5) most learners participated in workplace literacy in order to move on to a different job; (6) content varied greatly among instructors; and (7) instructors wanted more support. (Appendixes include the evaluation protocol samples with findings and pre/posttest CASAS outcomes.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Illiteracy, Job Skills, Job Training, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Migrant Adult Education, Migrant Problems, Migrant Programs, Migrant Workers, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Human Development Corp.
Identifiers - Location: California