ERIC Number: ED355408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-30
Reference Count: N/A
Syracuse Labor/Management Consortium Workplace Literacy Skills Improvement Project. Evaluation Report.
Mosenthal, Peter B.; Hinchman, Kathleen A.
An evaluation of this Syracuse, New York workplace literacy skills improvement project had three purposes: to characterize changes in the baseline performance of adults' workplace literacy skills as a function of instructional treatment; to characterize changes in workers' and supervisors' perceptions of worker effectiveness as a function of instructional treatment; and to monitor the project for compliance with grant specifications. Participants included a total of 67 workers from a variety of Syracuse-area manufacturing companies. They were evaluated using the Educational Testing Service's Tests of Applied Literacy Skills, which measure three domains: document, quantitative, and prose literacy. The evaluations showed that attendance at classes ranged from 73 to 100 percent for the 9 classes that were offered. In addition, almost all teacher-made pre/posttests showed gains. The project suffered from plant layoffs and shutdowns, decreasing the numbers of employees who participated and making evaluation more difficult. However, workers and their supervisors were pleased with the classes and workers also expressed increased self-confidence. The report includes scoring rules for the evaluation tests. Also appended are sample forms used in the project, an explanation of developing contextualized curricula, and curriculum outlines for the following courses: math for maintenance, technical documentation, metric conversion for blueprint reading, math for statistical process control, procedural documentation, math for charting, math for machine operators, and metric immersion for skilled trades. (Contains 11 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Cooperative Programs, Documentation, Education Work Relationship, Inplant Programs, Labor Education, Literacy Education, Mathematics Instruction, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Skill Development, Testing, Unions, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York