ERIC Number: ED342905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Thinking and Reading for Entry Level Workers.
Allentown Literacy Council, PA.
A pilot project demonstrated that cooperative training programs are effective and cost efficient for small businesses. Common entry-level reading and thinking tasks were identified in a variety of occupational areas. Five growing occupational areas were identified: industrial/machine operator; health care; food preparation; hotel/hospitality; and housekeeping/maintenance. Data were collected on 43 entry-level jobs in those occupational areas, and job duties and materials were analyzed to determine the required skills. Vocabulary schematics, reading, and thinking tasks were identified across occupational areas. Common tasks were matched with innovative instructional techniques and incorporated into a classroom using the functional context approach. A pilot group of 15 students were taught using techniques from the literacy task analysis and actual workplace materials. Pre- and post-tests indicated that these techniques were effective. (Eleven references are attached, and seven appendices containing the following are included: sample newsletter, flyer, and sample letter contacting employers; occupational areas by company participation, employer names, and job categories; data collection forms; general vocabulary schematics, reading and thinking tasks; instructional techniques, seven-item bibliography of materials, and student survey form; participating employers report; and cover letter from participating employers report.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Basic Skills, Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Strategies, Entry Workers, Food Service, Functional Literacy, Health Occupations, Hospitality Occupations, Hotels, Housekeepers, Machinery Industry, Maintenance, Occupational Clusters, Occupational Information, Reading Skills, Small Businesses, Task Analysis, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Div. of Adult Basic and Literacy Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: Allentown Literacy Council, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania