ERIC Number: ED426258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec-30
Reduction of Error Rates at PW Pipe. Evaluation Report.
During the Workplace Training Project, workplace trainers from Oregon's Lane Community College (LCC) provided workplace math classes to employees of an area business, PW Pipe. The math training was designed to help employees increase their proficiency in math and thereby reduce production error rates. During the training, PW Pipe's employees learned problem-solving skills to improve their understanding of work-related math problems; reviewed and practiced basic whole number, fraction, and decimal computation skills; and solved everyday and work-related problems involving ratios and proportions. The error rates of 9 people who received the math training and 10 people who did not receive the training were compared over the period from July 1995 through August 1997 (except for 1 month during the period, for which data were missing). A significant reduction in total errors occurred between 1996 and 1997, with a marked decrease beginning about October 1996. Despite a very positive trend toward a reduction in error rates, the data did not suggest significant differences between those receiving training and those not receiving training. It was noted however, that the nontrainee group included staff with supervisory roles who only occasionally perform the tasks affected by the training. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Lane Community Coll., Eugene, OR.