ERIC Number: ED434247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Worker-Centered Learning: Labor's Role. ERIC Digest No. 211.
Spence, Janet G.
Globalization of the economy and rapid technological innovation challenge today's work force to prepare for continuous change. In response to a strong mandate from their membership, labor unions have formed partnerships to deliver the necessary worker education. Because they are in daily contact with workers and have a holistic knowledge of individual workers' needs, labor unions are in an excellent position to provide worker education. To meet the work force's education needs effectively, however, unions must form new partnerships with management, community organizations, and statutory bodies. One of the most dramatic changes in labor union-sponsored work force education is its broad scope. Many employee development programs now seek to promote workplace learning beyond firms' narrowly defined business interests. This broad-based learning addresses the challenge of turning novices into experts. Literacy issues underlie many educational initiatives. Labor-sponsored, worker-centered learning programs are democratic in structure and involve discussion facilitators who use a wide variety of exercises and activities to encourage participatory learning. Many labor unions are taking a hard line on educational equity issues and focusing on low-paid, low-status, or female employees. Increasing educational access for these union members means eliminating physical barriers to educational participation. (Contains 19 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Cooperative Learning, Educational Trends, Employer Employee Relationship, Equal Education, Holistic Approach, Job Training, Labor Education, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, Partnerships in Education, Trend Analysis, Unions, Work Environment, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.