ERIC Number: ED402464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Building Knowledge in the Workplace and Beyond. A Model National Workplace Literacy Curriculum. Revised Edition.
Ballinger, Rondalee; Gee, Mary Kay
This curriculum guide was developed by a partnership between the College of Lake County (Illinois) and six industries in the county to design and implement a model workplace literacy program targeted to the needs of both employees and employers. To create a generalized, model curriculum that focused on the four general job categories of machine operator, mechanic, machinist, and shipper/receiver and that could be used in all six companies, the following process was employed: needs assessment questionnaire, site visits with employees and supervisors, analysis of information gathered for each company and identification of common needs, creation of learning goals and objectives, creation of a standard curriculum design, and development of procedures and resources for instructors. The curriculum guide is divided into four parts. The introduction contains a general overview of the curriculum's focus and purpose. The second part provides instructors with information and advice for creating relevant lessons in a workplace classroom. It covers the following topics: learning styles and strategies, instructional methods and approaches, customizing courses, authentic materials for instruction, multilevel classes, cross-cultural communication, transfer of skills to the workplace and beyond, and student assessment. The third part consists of detailed course outlines for the following basic skills areas: workplace math I-II, communication skills I (focus on reading) and II (focus on writing), problem solving in the workplace, and English as a second language in the workplace (levels 1-3). The appendix contains these items: learning style inventory for the workplace, sample lesson plan, more activities, topic outline for a basic blueprint reading guide, additional assessments, cross-reference of course goals with job categories, workplace problem map, suggestions for adapting General Educational Development preparation classes to the workplace classroom, correlation of job tasks with basic skill areas, characteristics of adult and workplace learners, and 82-item bibliography. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Communication Skills, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Education Work Relationship, English (Second Language), Lesson Plans, Literacy Education, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Teaching Methods, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Lake County Coll., Grayslake, IL.
Note: For related documents, see CE 073 117-120.