ERIC Number: ED367911
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Development in Selected Workplace Literacy Programs of the Consortium for Worker Education. Evaluation Study. CASE #09-93.
Johnson, Harriet Luria
A study was conducted to describe, discuss, and evaluate a workplace curriculum process in which teachers were actively involved in both constructing and teaching curricula. This process was developed by the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE), a group of 22 New York City labor unions through which 15,000 workers attend more than 300 classes at 40 sites annually. Data collection methods were as follows: a review of related literature; interviews with CWE administrators, teachers, and students; classroom observations; and examination of curriculum materials. The study explored the teacher's process in creating a workplace-based literacy curriculum, considering whether or not this is a feasible and effective method, and comparing it to other worker literacy development approaches. The major finding of the study is that, because of the remarkable teachers CWE selects and the exemplary staff supervision and development, these classroom instructors were able both to develop and teach inventive and outstanding curricula. Shaped by the CWE philosophy, which is committed to the union concept and its social action agenda, teachers are steeped in a student-centered ideology that values teacher collaboration, student participation, and flexibility in content and presentation. (The report includes a list of 37 references and appendixes and the following program materials: interview and consent forms; examples of curriculum materials from three CWE classroom sites; and examples of a "Workplace Handbook" developed by CWE.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Inst. for Research and Development in Occupational Education.