ERIC Number: ED392991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-3
Transfer beyond Workplace Literacy Classes: Twelve Case Studies and a Model.
Mikulecky, Larry; And Others
Twelve case studies of learners in workplace literacy programs at cosmetics and medical instruments firms and a municipal services department were conducted to identify key elements related to broad transfer of the skills learned in the classes to life outside the classroom. A general model of the factors (instructional elements, learner predispositions, and perceived external demands and opportunities) likely to influence transfer of learning was constructed from previous research and was used to gather information through the following activities: classroom observations; analyses of assignments and materials; learners' weekly practice reports; and interviews with learners and their teachers, family members, and coworkers. Data were gathered regarding 25-30 hours of instruction occurring over 6-10 weeks. Of the 12 learners studied, 5 exhibited high degrees of change in their behavior in their jobs and with their families as a result of participation in workplace literacy training; 3 exhibited moderate degrees of change; and 4 exhibited low degrees of change. The following factors were associated with high degrees of change: at least one clear learning goal; perception of high daily literacy demands; positive rapport with instructor; and clearly perceived links between instruction and daily applications. (Contains 15 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Reading Association Conference on Adolescent and Adult Literacy (Washington, DC, February 3, 1996).