ERIC Number: ED353362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Identifying the Literacy Requirements of Jobs and Job Literacy Analysis: A New Methodology. Summary Version.
Norback, Judith; And Others
The Job Literacy Project used the same adult literacy framework as the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) research and began the process of applying the framework to the world of work. The NAEP framework consisted of three scales: prose, document, and quantitative. The project tested a new methodology called Job Literacy Analysis, a modification of the job analysis procedures. The five jobs selected for study were entry-level positions in three clusters: service (food service worker, nurse assistant), administrative support (secretary, word processor), and mechanics, installers, repairers (data processing equipment repairer). Job Literacy Analysis resulted in a job literacy description, which included a representative collection of the most important materials required for competent performance on the job and the relevant (linked) tasks associated with those materials. Actual literacy materials used by job incumbents and information about how they are used were gathered during personal interviews. The materials were analyzed and reduced to a representative set of materials. The draft job literacy description was reviewed by job experts and revised. A survey containing literacy materials, related tasks, and rating scales regarding use and importance of materials and tasks was distributed nationally to verify experts' judgments. The important literacy materials and related tasks were included in the final job literacy description. (Contains 26 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Allied Health Occupations, Clerical Occupations, Entry Workers, Equipment Maintenance, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Machine Repairers, National Surveys, Nurses Aides, Occupational Information, Office Occupations Education, Research Methodology, Secretaries, Task Analysis, Vocational Education, Word Processing, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.