ERIC Number: ED341766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Industry Immersion for Reading and Mathematics Improvement. Valley Products Company.
Jones, Paul L.; And Others
An intensive industry immersion program of reading and mathematics was conducted in Spring 1989 for employees at Valley Products, Inc., in a cooperative venture by the Literacy Foundation, Memphis, the Memphis City Schools Adult Education Program, and the company. Employee participants were assessed with the San Diego Quick Assessment Test to determine individual reading instructional levels. Mathematics levels were determined using the Memphis City Schools Mathematics Placement Form. Eleven participants were selected for the first session; their reading grade-level scores ranged from 4.0 to 8.0 with an average of 6.2, and their mathematics grade-level scores ranged from 1.8 to 7.5 with an average of 4.3. After intensive immersion in reading and mathematics, participants showed significant gains ranging from 1.2 to 3.4 grade levels in reading and 0.2 to 3.0 grade levels in mathematics. However, these increases should be viewed with caution, because the participants may have once had these skills but lost them over time. Another group of 11 employees received training in a second session. Their results were parallel to those of the first group, although they started at a higher level and moved more quickly. Students were very pleased with the program, and some said they planned to continue their education. (The bulk of the document consists of appendices containing handwritten student evaluations and responses and project forms.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Naval Technical Training Command, Millington, TN. Research Branch.; Literacy Foundation Memphis, Inc., TN.; Memphis City School System, TN.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee