ERIC Number: ED426220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Voices of Learners at Work. Final Evaluation Report.
The Casco Bay (Maine) Partnership for Workplace Education was a federally funded workplace literacy program that provided customized basic skills education at seven business sites in the Portland area. The partnership served more than 2,000 employees from 1993-96. Program characteristics included the following: ongoing and self-directed learning; work-related skills development; holistic, competency-based instruction; and workplace education courses offered on site, at convenient times, in small classes, by well-trained adult educators. A review of the project summarized activities from November 1994 to June 1997. Findings were as follows: (1) the partnership went beyond superficial workplace literacy designs, resulting in an innovative approach to project management, context-sensitive operations, and lasting and growing partnership relationships and an expanding sphere of influence at local and national levels; (2) project staff and instructors gave highest priority to the learner, producing high rates of successful course completion, innovations in work-related curriculum and teaching strategies, and energetic learners ready to take charge of their own learning; (3) by building a foundation for ongoing learning in six partner companies, the partnership positively influenced routine operations and workplace climate, contributed to system changes that varied by business, and generated momentum for ongoing learning in participating companies; and (4) this workplace education project highlighted some major challenges and continuing issues. (Contains 22 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern Maine, Gorham.
Identifiers - Location: Maine