ERIC Number: ED343734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Evaluation of California Human Development Corporation Workplace Literacy Program.
Kissam and Associates, Sebastopol, CA.
This is an evaluation report of the California Human Development Corporation (CHDC) Rural Workplace Literacy Project targeting migrant farmworkers. The program provided bilingual instruction in 15 worksites tailored to job-related literacy needs. Evaluation data were gathered through interviews, test results, observation, and an in-class assignment. Programs ran an average of 22 weeks. Instructional materials consisted of core materials from CHDC and teacher-developed materials. All learners used Spanish as their primary language. The average age of learners was 33 and educational levels ranged from 0-13 years. The findings of the evaluation were: (1) all program participants were very positive toward the program; (2) learning outcomes were positive in the areas of basic skills, self-confidence, use of English in the workplace, and willingness to participate in education; (3) most employers didn't understand how the literacy program could help them; (4) employers and employees had different objectives for the education process; (5) most learners wanted workplace literacy in order to move on to a different job; (6) content varied greatly among instructors; and (7) instructors wanted more support. Recommendations for improvement emphasize curricular modifications, employer involvement, support services, and quality control. Appendix A includes results of interviews of employers, instructors, and learners. Appendix B contains pre- and post-test Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System scores. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Human Development Corp.
Authoring Institution: Kissam and Associates, Sebastopol, CA.