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ERIC Number: ED387679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct-31
Reference Count: N/A
Employee Assistance and Skills Enhancement. Project EASE II. Final Report. [Reporting Period: November 1, 1993-July 31, 1995].
Reed, Tipawan Truong-Quang
Project Employment Assistance and Skill Enhancement (EASE II) was an on-the-job literacy and basic skills improvement project for employees of small companies in the metal working industry in the Chicago area. The goal of the project was to improve literacy skills, leading to the improvement of work force productivity targeted to disadvantaged workers. During the 21-month project, 10 literacy audits were conducted and curriculum modules were developed and refined for three subjects: workplace vocational English as a second language on three levels, prestatistical processing control mathematics, and training the trainer. A total of 801 prospective participants were recruited (46 percent above target); 307 new participants were assessed for workplace literacy skills (23 percent above the targeted number); 10 supervisor's training and orientation workshops were conducted; and 805 participants received instruction (46 percent above target). Based on the 310 students who were pre- and post-tested, gains on the Test of Adult Basic Education averaged 1.1 grade levels (12 percent) in reading and 3.5 grade levels (53 percent) in mathematics after only 36-48 instructional hours. A total of 12,894 contact hours were logged. The participants were 35.5 percent female and 64.5 percent male, with ethnic composition as follows: Asian (4.23 percent), Black (9.12 percent), Hispanic (32.25 percent), and White (54.4 percent). A third-party evaluation of the project documented the following reasons for the project's success: highly qualified key personnel and teaching faculty; a good staff development program; an innovative curriculum design, content, and effective instructional delivery; and a thoughtful management and partnership-building philosophy and practices. (A third party evaluation report developed during the project is included in this report.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Students, Education Work Relationship, English (Second Language), Literacy Education, Mathematics Instruction, Numerical Control, On the Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., De Kalb.
Note: For curriculum guide, see CE 070 082.