ERIC Number: ED445278
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Language, Literacy and Numeracy in National Training Packages: Case Studies in Aged Care and Hospitality.
Haines, Christine; Brand, Jennie Bickmore
The implementation and effectiveness of the inclusion of literacy and numeracy in industry training packages was examined in case studies of three programs in Western Australia. Two were certificate programs in cooking and food and beverage as specified in the hospitality training package, and the third was an aged care program based on the community services training package. Training providers at the sites were interviewed about the following issues: how they address the language, literacy, and numeracy requirements of the competency standards governing their programs; how they assess students' mastery of the competencies; and how existing training and assessment practices can be improved. The following were among the main findings: (1) all staff interviewed were aware of the importance of language, literacy, and numeracy training and believed that the training packages' references to the said skills were not explicit enough; (2) concern was expressed over the frustrations that students with poor literacy skills experience when using the training packages; and (3) trainers were generally pleased with training packages' emphasis on self-paced, flexibly delivered learning. The trainers also identified numerous funding issues and called for more articulation to postsecondary education and more professional development activities. (The questions asked of training providers are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Access to Education, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Articulation (Education), Case Studies, Community Services, Competence, Competency Based Education, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Evaluation Methods, Foods Instruction, Foreign Countries, Fused Curriculum, Hospitality Occupations, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Integrated Curriculum, Labor Force Development, Learning Modules, Literacy Education, National Curriculum, Numeracy, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Staff Development, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Trainers, Training Methods, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Canberra.; Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Numeracy Australian Research Consortium, Melbourne (Victoria). Victorian Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia