ERIC Number: ED346759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Massachusetts Workplace Education Initiative. Year 3 Evaluation. Final Report.
Rayman, Paula; And Others
An evaluation of the Massachusetts Workplace Education Initiative brings together three phases: (1) a pilot outcome study conducted with a sample of six local workplace education programs and featuring the perspectives of workers, labor, and management; (2) program profiles for seven federally funded workplace education programs coordinated by the State of Massachusetts, Department of Education; and (3) an analysis of workplace education needs in the health care industry in Massachusetts. Perspectives of unions and management are reviewed in terms of demographics, areas of convergence, and specific interests. The discussion of the adult learner perspective takes into consideration ethnographic and gender differences. The program profiles include the following: Chinese American Civic Association/South Cove Manor Nursing Home; Mount Wachusett Community College/Digital Electric Corporation; Labor Education Center/Chamberlain Manufacturing Corporation; Employment Connections, Inc.,/Spir-it, Inc.; Quinsigamond Community College/Kennedy Die Castings Company; Lawrence Adult Learning Center/Friction Materials, Inc.; and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 1776, and the University of Massachusetts. Recommendations are offered for program enhancement, program coordination, evaluation process, and marketing. Among them are the following: promote awareness of gender, age, and educational or skill level diversity; conduct cultural training workshops on-site; allocate more money on materials and resources such as dictionaries and texts; provide counseling services; include adult learners on program advisory boards; report pilot study results back to participants; and assess the magnitude of barriers to class attendance such as lack of child care, transportation, or scheduling flexibility. Items listed as appendices are available as separate documents. (LB) Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education.
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Age Differences, Basic Skills, Business, Community Colleges, Computer Literacy, Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Employees, Employers, English (Second Language), Industrial Training, Organizational Effectiveness, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Sex Differences, Skill Development, State Programs, Unions, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Massachusetts State Executive Office of Economic Affairs, Boston.; Commonwealth Literacy Campaign, Boston, MA.; Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts