ERIC Number: ED357180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-30
Workplace Applications of Basic Skills in High Tech Production Line Environment. Literacy for Employability (LitE). Performance Report.
The Literacy for Employability (LitE) project was conducted from May 1, 1991 through January 31, 1993. The project was intended to upgrade the mathematics, writing, and problem-solving skills of employees at three Austin, Texas, companies: Hart Graphics, IBM, and Texas Instruments. At Hart and Texas, the program was mandatory; at IBM it was voluntary. During the program, an advisory committee of educators and company representatives was formed, a needs assessment of employee skills was conducted, and curriculum materials focusing on applied basic skills and higher-level thinking skills were developed using the functional context approach. A total of 134 employees of the 3 companies were instructed using the 5 modules developed. Program administrators, company officials, and students who attended the classes thought the program was valuable and that the students had learned many skills they were applying on the job. There were highly significant differences in accident rates: at all three companies, nonparticipants had more on-the-job injuries than did participants. The 11-month duration of the instructional phase of the program was longer than most "quick-fix" programs and allowed enough time for real learning to take place. (Two appendices contain a project promotional brochure and participant certificates of achievement.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Cooperative Programs, Decision Making Skills, Institutional Cooperation, Instructional Materials, Learning Modules, Literacy Education, Material Development, Mathematics Instruction, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Workplace Literacy, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Extension Instruction and Materials Center.
Note: For related documents, see ED 356 428-432. Not included are appendices A (advisory committee list), B (financial reports), and D (news articles).