ERIC Number: ED368933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Literacy on the Cafeteria Line: Evaluation of the Skills Enhancement Training Program.
Alamprese, Judith A.; Kay, Ann
An evaluation assessed the effectiveness of the Skills Enhancement Training (SET) project that developed a partnership between an employee benefits trust fund and the AFL-CIO Human Resources Development Institute. Data about the effectiveness of the partnership model, impact of the instructor training and technical assistance, and impact on workers were collected through interviews, observations of teacher training sessions, analysis of assessment data, and analysis of information on project forms. Conceived by a local cafeteria workers' union, SET offered instruction in reading, writing, math, problem solving, and communications competencies used in the cafeteria jobs. Participation in SET's educational partnership enhanced company and union awareness of basic skill needs in their industry. SET provided a model for education based within an industry. Analysis of Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System data and learners' comments showed quantitative gains in basic skills and qualitative gains. Instructors agreed the inservice training was needed and worthwhile and found the developed curriculum useful; they had difficulty grasping the nuances of the workplace and generating examples of context-based applications. Interview data indicated workers appreciated the opportunity to learn workplace-related skills. Recommendations were made concerning ongoing SET implementation, lessons for other educational partnerships, and federal technical assistance. (Appendixes list fund members and job classifications.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Cooks, Dining Facilities, Hospitality Occupations, Literacy Education, Models, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Student Evaluation, Unions, Vocational Education, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Food and Beverage Workers Union, Local 32, Washington, DC.; Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: COSMOS Corp., Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For a related document, see ED 343 998.