ERIC Number: ED369950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-22
Reference Count: N/A
Workplace Literacy across the Three Phases of Textile Manufacturing. National Workplace Literacy Demonstration Project. Performance Report.
Fisk, William R.; And Others
A project promoted job literacy skills, improved worker productivity, and completed job-related literacy training covering the three phases of textile manufacturing. It created successful job-related training programs for greige mill and finishing plant employees through the following methods: conducting task analyses, modifying and creating curricula, identifying workers' job literacy deficiencies, and implementing curricula and evaluating curriculum effects. The project unified the task analyses and curricula for the three phases of the textile process. Ninety-nine students attended General Educational Development (GED) classes; 25 passed the GED exam. The evaluator used the main objectives and project activities to develop a set of basic project elements that were organized into a monitoring checklist to assess time and degree of implementation of each element and to develop evaluation questions to serve as the basis of the summative evaluation. Where pre- and posttests were available, statistically significant increases were found in math and vocabulary. Utility analysis results indicated highly cost-effective educational benefits. Results of two follow-up studies suggested that classes were a valuable experience that helped participants form positive work attitudes and gave them an entry point/incentive for further educational efforts. Participants reported improvements in self-esteem, self-confidence, and communication and computer skills. (Instruments are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Curriculum Development, Finishing, Formative Evaluation, High School Equivalency Programs, Labor Force Development, Literacy Education, Pretests Posttests, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Summative Evaluation, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Clemson Univ., SC.