ERIC Number: ED349468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Workplace Applications of Basic Skills. National Workplace Literacy Project. Final Report.
Lutheran Family Services of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins.
A project was designed to upgrade workplace basic skills for the purpose of promoting productivity, retrainability, job retention, and/or job advancement. It created a partnership among Hewlett Packard-Fort Collins Site, Lutheran Family Services, and Colorado State University's Division of Continuing Education. Skills needed for representative jobs were assessed through interviews, observations, and review of printed materials needed for that job. A curriculum that focused on oral and written communication, with components of learning how to learn, was designed. Exercises and examples used in training concerned everyday problems and challenges encountered on the manufacturing floor and aided transfer of skills learned to the job. Training design and methodology were targeted directly at the operator level and included additional time for modeling of skills taught, recognizing thinking processes needed to use skills, practice time, and participant feedback on application of skills to the job. Interactive courses were 28 hours long with two 2-hour follow-up sessions 30 and 90 days after course completion. Qualifying participants received a certificate of completion from Colorado State and Hewlett Packard. The multistrand evaluation proved impractical. (The final report is followed by a paper by Chris Kneeland and Sally Robinson containing a description of project activities, results and findings, and recommendations; initial brief; media release; job task analyses; and curriculum outline with learning objectives for 14 units.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Communication Skills, Corporate Education, Curriculum Development, Job Skills, Language Skills, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Workplace Literacy, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Lutheran Family Services of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins.
Note: Prepared in partnership with Hewlett-Packard, Fort Collins Site.