ERIC Number: ED425282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec-31
Reference Count: N/A
Self-Directed Workplace Literacy Distance Learning for Developmental Disabilities Workers: External Formative Evaluation Design.
Markowsky, Mary E.
The formative evaluation of the Self-Directed Literacy Distance Learning for Developmental Disabilities Workers project is intended to assess the effectiveness of the course materials, operations process, and implementation. Designed to provide 96 hours of workplace literacy training to 426 developmental disabilities workers in about 80 state-operated workplaces, the project is a partnership between the Center for Advanced Study of Education and the Civil Service Employees Association, Inc., with the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Observations and interviews would be conducted to evaluate effectiveness of the project and components, including samples of e-mail communications conducted with students. Interviews of the project director, educational technology specialist, coordinators, and project partners would be conducted during the initial stage of the project and in the fall. This formative evaluation consists of a multi-site study. Critical factors would be identified and evaluated by sample site and across sample sites. Comparison data would be collected to evaluate whether the access and use of the computer as an additional option made a difference in student attitudes and achievement. The two of the seven Developmental Disabilities Service Offices without computer access would be the control group. A preliminary observation criteria list with sample criteria for the physical and human environments has been compiled; interview questions have been developed for instructors and participants. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Center for Advanced Study in Education.