ERIC Number: ED354344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-18
Reference Count: N/A
BEST: A Learner-Centered Workplace Literacy Partnership of the Vermont Institute for Self-Reliance and General Electric Aircraft Engines Rutland, VT. Final Performance Report.
Lashof, Judith R.
The Vermont Institute for Self Reliance (VISR) conducted a Basic Educational Skills for Training (BEST) program, a national demonstration project in workplace literacy, from April 1990 to March 1992. BEST provided learner-centered, context-based literacy instruction onsite, on company time, at two General Electric (GE) Aircraft Engines Rutland sites and two Burlington Electric Department (BED) sites in Burlington. Enrollment was open entry, open exit; employee participation was voluntary. Workplace texts were transformed into Responsive Text, a computer-augmented reading environment, and used to teach workplace literacy. An external evaluation reported the following results: the program significantly increased the literacy levels of program participants; it resulted in important gains on a variety of work performance measures; and Responsive Text was a powerful tool for simultaneously developing literacy and improving work performance. (Appendixes to the evaluation report are the portfolios developed to assess participants at GE and BED. These portfolios include a number of assessment instruments: preparticipation interview form, reading assessment, and writing sample; postparticipation interview form, reading assessment, and writing sample; teacher's perception of improvement scale; employee/participant self-evaluation form; supervisor's response form; and Responsive Text evaluation form.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Reading Programs, Basic Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Development, Content Area Reading, Courseware, Functional Reading, Inplant Programs, Job Skills, Job Training, Literacy Education, Material Development, Portfolios (Background Materials), Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Reading Skills, Staff Development, Workplace Literacy
Judith Lashof, Rutland Adult Learning Center, VISR, 128 Merchants Row, Room 205, Rutland, VT 05701.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Vermont Inst. for Self-Reliance, Rutland.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont