ERIC Number: ED426202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Sep-15
BEST (Better Educational Skills Training). Final Report.
Vermont Adult Learning, Rutland.
This document contains a final report, evaluation report, and materials from the Better Educational Skills Training (BEST) workplace literacy program in Vermont. The seven-page final report describes program components: (1) expanding and institutionalizing the workplace literacy program developed through two previous national workplace literacy demonstration grants; (2) documenting and disseminating its promising practices; and (3) delivering workplace education in three Vermont counties to employees of firms in manufacturing, construction, health care, and small business sectors. A total of 1,081 employees of 12 employers were served during the project. Attached to the final report are a review and articles about project publications. The external evaluation by Donald J. Leu concludes that the project met its major goals for improving workers' literacy levels and contributing to positive changes in the organizations. The evaluation's appendix describes the evaluation plan, provides forms used to collect formative and summative data, and addresses the process decisions involved in the use of the evaluation instruments. The last section of the document presents results of program evaluation interviews conducted with employees at participating companies by Robert T. McLaughlin. The following conclusions are offered: respondents agree that the quality of instruction was high; students and instructors appeared willing to adapt to each workplace's logistical constraints; and respondents wanted more employees to benefit from the program, but felt that some stigma was associated with participation. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Vermont Adult Learning, Rutland.