ERIC Number: ED388804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Education in the Workplace: Bridging the Gap.
Clark, Karen L.
A study surveyed owners of 20 small businesses in North County, San Diego, to determine evidence of teaching and learning. A 13-question survey instrument gathered information regarding whether training and/or education for employees was available, what education was offered, how it fit into the evaluation process, and how business owners saw their role as it related to teaching and learning in the workplace. Training appeared to comply with accreditation and was driven by a need to survive in a difficult economy. Although the majority of respondents were acutely aware of the necessity for continuous training/education for their employees, time and resources were scarce. Although training/education occurred in most businesses, it was driven by regulations, customer service, and a commitment to safety compliance issues. Little time was available for learning related to professional growth and personal discovery. With regard to their role in the teaching and learning process, the business owners expressed a sincere concern for their employees and their welfare, but struggled with the knowledge that training/education was necessary. Recommendations for further research included the impact of restructuring on teaching and learning in the workplace, role of the chief executive officer as the instructional leader, and investigation of rewards for training/education in the workplace. (A sample interview questionnaire is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 1994).