ERIC Number: ED402444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
State-Level Policy for Workplace Basic Education: What Advocates Are Saying.
A study determined how workplace basic education could be factored into state-level planning by collecting information from 41 individuals representing adult educators, state policy developers, union representatives, and employers in 26 states; 4 focus groups; and a document review. Findings indicated that, despite significant previous experience within and across states in providing basic education services for incumbent workers and a major thrust in state policy toward work force preparation, state-level work force development planners gave basic education low priority. Advocates for investment in workplace basic education cited these reasons for the lack of attention to the issue: external pressures on decision makers in the private and public sectors and problems with stakeholder groups. They identified the following elements of good policy: based on careful, comprehensive assessment; links workplace basic skills activities to other work force development; ensures the readiness of workplace education providers, employers, and unions; facilitates investment by employers, unions, and workers; requires accountability; and promotes collaboration at state and local levels. Guidelines for advocates were established: make advocacy a priority; build a core constituency; create an efficient communications network; clarify needs and resources; prepare recommendations and present a strategy to policy makers; and follow up and persevere. (Appendixes contain sources interviewed, states represented, and documents reviewed.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A