ERIC Number: ED473666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Non/Working Lives: Implications of "Non-Standard Work Practices" for Literacy and Numeracy.
Falk, Ian; Millar, Pat
Through a set of five detailed case studies of individuals representing the new conditions of un/employment, a research project generated new information and knowledge about effective communication skills, often referred to as generic and transferable, for people engaged in so-called new ways of working. These three research questions were addressed: What communicative skills did respondents report? Is there evidence the identified skills are generic and transfer? and What is the explanation for generic and transferable skills? A literature review produced a general profile of views about literacy and numeracy; an overview of research on generic skills to set the scene for one on the research of transfer of training; and a review of what it might mean to talk about non-standard work. The case studies were selected according to the criteria of non-standard workers, including casualization and out-sourcing, telecommuting, multiple jobs in which the employee is engaged, nature and frequency of non-work, and the phenomenon of portfolio work. Findings were that basic skills are not transferred but re-contextualized by new forms of situated learning; the terms "generic" and "transfer" are wrong and misleading; speaking and personal presentation skills are the leading communicative practices; successful communication is driven by the need and purpose of the learning; practice (in context) makes perfect; and the main game is good practice in learning. (Appendixes include 106 references and an interview schedule.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Case Studies, Communication Skills, Developed Nations, Educational Research, Employment Potential, Employment Practices, Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Competence, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, Numeracy, Part Time Employment, Telecommunications, Teleworking, Transfer of Training, Unemployment, Work Environment
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia