ERIC Number: ED426246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-20
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Literacy in the Workplace: An Examination of Curricula and Programs.
Scales, Alice M.
The curricula and methods used in workplace literacy programs were reviewed through a search of the ERIC database. The search was intended to identify the following: literacy skills recommended for teaching literacy through workplace curricula; skills that have been taught through workplace literacy programs; and criteria used to determine program effectiveness. Of the 328 abstracts located through the search, 92 were selected for analysis. As a result of the analysis, the following 15 skills were identified as being taught in at least some workplace literacy programs: reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, mathematics, speaking, listening, problem solving, computer-related English as a second language, self-esteem, leadership, teamwork, self-confidence, and learning to learn. The first 10 skills were categorized as basic literacy skills, the next 4 as personal skills, and the final skills as an advancement skill. Skills in the basic literacy category were more likely to be recommended and taught that were skills in the personal and advancement categories. All the curricula and literacy programs reviewed described teaching and writing, whereas fewer than 25% taught teamwork and leadership. Most workplace literacy programs were designed to enable employees to perform specific job tasks. (Contains 119 references and 3 tables.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Curriculum, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Evaluation Criteria, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, State of the Art Reviews, Trend Analysis, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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