ERIC Number: ED355365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-14
Reference Count: N/A
National Workplace Literacy Program. Final Report.
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Olney.
The Snap-On Tools Workplace Literacy Grant developed a curriculum for training adult workers in technical math and reading, English as a Second Language (ESL), and blueprint reading. Curriculum development was based on a workplace audit. Reading levels increased an average of 0.8 of a grade level. Flexibility and implementation of adult student suggestions were important. Eighty-four percent of math students showed improvement. A big difficulty in the reading and math classes was the wide range of student needs. The blueprint reading class enhanced thinking skills of students by following through on lessons in work-related problems. A Vietnamese employee taught the ESL course. Vietnamese employees improved 100 percent in math skills and 87 percent in reading skills. All students were pre- and post-tested with the Adult Basic Learning Examination for the math portion and Slosson Oral Reading Test for the reading portion. Analysis of Advisor Rating Scale sheets indicated that 91 percent of participants improved their abilities on the job, in their supervisor's opinion. A project evaluation recommended greater communication between employer and employees, incentives of child care and transportation reimbursement in recruitment, greater individualization, and opportunity for student evaluation. (Other contents of the report are data tables, program information, and copies of evaluators' reports.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Asian Americans, Blueprints, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language), Functional Literacy, Illiteracy, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Literacy Education, Mathematics Skills, Pretests Posttests, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Reading Skills, Staff Development, Student Evaluation, Technical Mathematics, Vietnamese People, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Olney.