ERIC Number: ED426285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Addressing Literacy Needs at Work: Implementation and Impact of Workplace Literacy Programs. Final Report.
Moore, Mary T.; Myers, David; Silva, Tim; Alamprese, Judity A.
The National Workplace Literacy Program (NWLP) was a federal grant program that was initiated in 1988 to promote the following: contextualized, job-specific instruction in basic skills; joint governance through partnerships between employers, education providers, and employee organizations; and attention to individual workers' needs. The NWLP's impact was examined through a national evaluation with two primary objectives: describe the implementation and institutionalization of workplace literacy programs and assess the effects that workplace literacy instruction has on participating workers. The research focused on three local and two state-level partnerships funded in 1994. The study's major conclusions were as follows: program effectiveness is associated with instructional time; implementation is aided by experience and state/local infrastructure; and institutionalization is associated with workplace incentives for employers. Appended are the following: overviews of the structure and operation of the five program sites studied in depth; detailed profiles of the five sites, review of efforts to develop applied performance assessments; profile of impact study design and implementation at three local sites; data on workers in the impact study; estimation of program impacts and effects of hours of instruction on worker outcomes; and data collection forms. (Contains 32 references and 19 tables/figures.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Case Studies, Data Collection, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Literacy Education, Models, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, School Business Relationship, Summative Evaluation, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC.