ERIC Number: ED343002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Training: A Field Test of the American Society for Training & Development's Workplace Basics.
Foucar-Szocki, Diane L.
In 1991, a project studied implementation of the American Society for Training and Development's Workplace Basics model. Field testing was conducted in two Virginia industries: Corning Incorporated in Waynesboro and American Safety Razor (ASR) in Verona. Corning had fewer than 100 employees and an 85 percent female work force; it had shifted from manufacturing to service and distribution. ASR was a larger (650 employees) manufacturing facility with a strong union. Project outcomes at Corning were lauded as positive, valuable, and worth the time and energy. The most significant outcome at ASR was the new structure for communication and decision making. The basic skills in these sites were reading, writing, mathematics, communication, and problem solving. Work design, work environment, and management practices determined the program's scope. Information needs included clear statements of what the job entails, how to accomplish it, and its relationship to the larger organization. Program development and implementation took time and required significant employee involvement. Skilled leadership was required. Training offered in weekly 1-hour segments allowed participants time to reflect and practice within the work environment. Continued lack of clear understanding of how organizational needs are related to skills, skills to performance, and performance to results suggested difficulty in getting support for evaluation. (Appendixes contain the following: a blueprint for program implementation; national and local economic climate; survey results; and a 24-item bibliography.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Basic Skills, Career Development, Case Studies, Decision Making Skills, Field Tests, Inplant Programs, Job Skills, Job Training, Organizational Effectiveness, Problem Solving, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Task Analysis, Technological Advancement, Workplace Literacy
Education and Training Corporation, 103 East Beverley Street, P.O. Box 1388, Staunton, VA 24401 ($12.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education and Training Corp., Staunton, VA.