ERIC Number: ED356370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Competency-Based Job Related Basic Skills Training through a Model Partnership. Final Report and Final Evaluation Report of National Workplace Literacy Project.
Hacker, James C.
A workplace literacy demonstration project was implemented through a partnership among the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Institute for Adult Learning and Literacy, and the United Auto Workers/General Motors (UAW/GM) Human Resource Center. Competency-based, job-related foundation skills training was provided for 400 employees, and adults were provided with sufficient basic education to enable them to benefit from job training and retraining programs. Skills centers were established at three UAW/GM sites; these demonstration locations used the following methods: (1) Skills 2000, a video/laser disc program, to recruit and motivate students; (2) Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) to conduct indepth assessment of each student; and (3) Adult Basic Skills (ABS), a computer-managed educational program of Learning Unlimited to provide basic skills instruction in an onsite, open entry/open exit learning center. An external evaluation used 4 methods: interviews with 34 project staff, administrators, and partners; interviews with a random sample of 51 participants; review of data on learning gains and hours of instruction; and observation of the skills centers. These findings were reported: the project had a profound impact on participants' lives; the union-management relationship was strengthened; Skills 2000 was used inconsistently and not valued as a key element in the recruitment process; CASAS was considered highly inadequate as an assessment tool for the population served; and ABS provided a helpful structure for guiding many participants. Partner commitment and support and project accessibility to employees were identified as strengths. Recommendations focused on improving assessment and curriculum materials and enhancing program recruitment. (Appendices to the final report include the following: detailed plan of operations; advisory board; sample agreement; instructor selection criteria; service delivery schedule; staff training; recruitment and publicity strategies; student assessment; educational development plan; assessment and learning gains reporting form; and evaluation plan. Appended to the evaluation are the following: list of interviewees; interview schedules; and adult basic skills grade equivalencies.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Competency Based Education, Computer Managed Instruction, Demonstration Programs, Inplant Programs, Job Skills, Job Training, Literacy Education, Optical Disks, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Retraining, Staff Development, Student Motivation, Student Recruitment, Unions, Videotape Recordings, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Formative Evaluation Research Associates, Ann Arbor, MI.; Central Michigan Univ., Mount Pleasant.