ERIC Number: ED381679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-15
Innovations in Higher Education: Meeting the Needs of the American Workplace Adult Learner, Is It Education or Training?
Clark, Karen L.
The value of education in the workplace is becoming more evident as businesses face the challenges of the 20th century. Teaching and learning will become even more important for corporate success. If corporations are to be more productive, then one must change the way corporations and the people in them are viewed. Employees can no longer be perceived as individuals expected to do their job without thinking, reasoning, or even challenging company practices and policies. Employees must be viewed as adult learners who must be appreciated for their intellectual growth and rewarded for their human spirit. Edmonds' Effective Schools Model from the 1970s can be adapted to form Clark's Effective Company Model, which includes eight correlates that emphasize collaborative planning, clear goals, and high expectations shared by the entire work force community. The model clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees who work collectively toward the same goal. Education in the workplace can broaden employee outlooks far beyond the "training" of the obvious skills. The Effective Company Model provides an opportunity to recognize education in the workplace and the people in it who are responsible for productivity. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National University Research Institute's Annual Lifelong Learning Conference (4th, San Diego, CA, February 15, 1995).