ERIC Number: ED399415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Nabisco Foods Division--"New Indy" Workplace Literacy Project. Final Performance Report.
Ivy Tech State Coll., Indianapolis, IN.
This document contains a final report, evaluation, and curriculum materials from a project conducted at the RJR Nabisco plant in Indianapolis to upgrade the literacy and numeracy skills of the workers to facilitate technological changes to production lines. As the final report explains, although the goal of the project was to recruit and test 150 workers, more than 300 workers actually participated in the project (with some turnover). During the project, the project staff recruited and tested workers, developed job-specific literacy training materials, and conducted training classes in a flexible way that allowed workers to study around their shifts. Because of excessive overtime, workers were not able to attend all the planned classes, but an extension of the project remedied some of the time factors. The project was successful in terms of worker attitudes toward the opportunities and management and supervisors' favorable reports about workers' attitudes and ability to adapt to new technology more quickly. The external evaluation report notes the very favorable reaction to the project and the fact that the company chose to continue the project after the federal funding period. Actual pretests and posttests were conducted on a very small sample of the participants, however, and results were not statistically reliable. The main part of this document consists of a skills matrix developed through a literacy task analysis, learning objectives, curriculum guide, and practice exercises used in the program. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Ivy Tech State Coll., Indianapolis, IN.