ERIC Number: ED396086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Key Issues for Workplace Literacy Educators.
Mikulecky, Larry; And Others
The research on workplace literacy programs during the past two decades has revealed a great deal about the requisites for successful workplace literacy programs. The following have been identified as characteristics of effective workplace literacy programs: active involvement by all project partners; employee involvement in the early stages of planning; systematic analysis of jobs and related literacy skills; linkage of instructional exercises and day-today work activities, provision of adequate practice time; and ongoing staff development. Including a mix of learner-centered and workplace-centered goals and providing adequate monetary, job-related, and learner support incentives have been demonstrated to be critical to ensuring employer and employee support of workplace literacy programs. A trend toward programs with less emphasis on improving the productivity of a particular workplace and more emphasis on providing general work force education has been established, and the importance of formulating reasonable program and learner goals and matching assessment to instruction has been documented. Studies have also confirmed that the most successful workplace literacy programs are fully integrated programs that use multiple strands to address learner and workplace needs, provide continuing educational experiences, and make extensive use of custom-designed instruction based on analysis of critical job tasks. (Contains 58 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. School of Education.