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ERIC Number: ED349406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Workplace Literacy in the 90's: Definitions, Descriptions, Opportunities, and Cautions.
Garay, Mary Sue
The globalization of business has influenced the development of customized, job-specific workplace literacy programs. Work-centered participatory literacy receives support from both business and labor and additional impetus from the National Literacy Act of 1991. The worker of the future will be a thinking and communicating problem solver. The three groups participating in the workplace literacy enterprise--employers, employees, and educators--would probably agree with the Act's purpose but differ in motivation, conception, and methods. While these differences might appear irreconcilable, they may end by producing a necessary perspective for enlightened workplace literacy programs. Most programs are still traditional, but this paper discusses three that are innovative: the Russell Athletic Corporation (Alabama) program; the program run by the ABC's of Construction (the Association of Builders and Contractors Union, Louisiana); and a Job Training and Partnership Act program called "Training Women for Non-Traditional Work," in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Although there are many "micro" successes at the grassroots level, there is a failure at the "macro" level of policy and management, due to insufficient attention to the learners served. Other problems come from unexamined assumptions about literacy and workplace literacy programs. An enlightened workplace literacy programs is likely to be a participatory or collaborative program where learners contribute on all levels. (Contains 24 references.) (NLA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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