ERIC Number: ED357229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
READS Program. National Workplace Literacy Program. Final Report.
Scheer, Ruth L.
The River East Alliance for Developmental Studies (READS) provided occupationally based literacy and numeracy instruction, over 18 months, for 451 entry-level workers, supervisors, and floor managers. The participants were employees from four diverse Connecticut manufacturing companies. During the project, 47 classes in reading, mathematics, and English as a Second Language (ESL) were provided at five sites. Of those who enrolled, 347 or 77 percent completed classes. Participation was voluntary and most classes were scheduled on company time. The overwhelming majority of participants were enthusiastic about READS and wanted additional classes. Many of the supervisors were not supportive of the program, and management took a "top down" approach to most initiatives, leaving a sense of "ownership" of the program with the workers. As the program progressed, the teachers tailored the materials and teaching more closely to workplace needs. Although this was appreciated by the workers, it was difficult to cover all skills measured by the instrument used to evaluate the project. However, supervisors reported worker improvement in skills and self-image and their contribution to shop activities. Because of a poor economy, the READS program was put on hold at most of the companies involved during the latter part of the grant period. (This packet contains the project report, an external evaluation, a "promising practices" program development guide, and a disk-based workplace simulation on developing printed circuit boards.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Manchester Community-Technical Coll., CT.