ERIC Number: ED425284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning Project. Final Evaluation Report.
Millsap, Roger E.
An external summative evaluation was conducted for the Self-Directed Workplace Distance Learning for Developmental Disabilities Workers Project, 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. Its goals were to document changes in literacy skills and other relevant variables over the course of training and to link them to the training intervention. The original research design called for a nonequivalent control groups design in which a distance learning group would be compared to a control group of workers on the waiting list for program participation. Since nearly all control group individuals were in the first cycle of the program, only changes in participants' literacy skills were evaluated---not whether change resulted from participation. Furthermore, large numbers of participants failed to have complete data on both pre- and posttest measures. Data were collected by background and pre- and posttest measures, including reading test, writing test, problem-solving test, self-efficacy test, and supervisor ratings. As indicated by the three literacy measures of reading, writing, and problem solving, some gain in performance on writing and problem solving but no positive gains in reading performance were found. Both supervisors and participants felt employees benefited from participation in the distance learning program. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Caregivers, Developmental Disabilities, Distance Education, Evaluation Criteria, Labor Education, Literacy Education, Models, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Reading Comprehension, Reading Skills, Summative Evaluation, Unions, Workplace Literacy, Writing Skills
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.