ERIC Number: ED404441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Initial Considerations for Developing Workplace Curriculum (Based on Whole Language Concepts).
Jarvis, Mary I.
Project ALERT, a 3-year Wayne State University workplace education program in partnership with 5 varied worksites in metropolitan Detroit, developed replicable workplace literacy models. A review of literature provided information on how and why adults learn. A needs assessment and on-site observations were conducted to determine which sets of learning opportunities to include. The needs expressed by workers matched those indicated by managers. Both groups were especially interested in mathematics skills to pass the Differential Aptitude Test (DAT) for entry into the apprenticeship program for skilled trades. A modified whole language approach was used to develop the curriculum, including connections to prior knowledge, metacognition, teacher mentoring and coaching, and valuing the knowledge each participant brings while providing a risk-free environment. Pre-and post-class administration of the DAT demonstrated the effectiveness of the program, because the three workers who were chosen for the apprenticeship program had failed the first administration but passed after taking the class. The workers also reported satisfaction with the classes and a good rate of application of class-acquired knowledge to the job. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan (Detroit)