ERIC Number: ED474142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
There's More Than Just the Newspaper: A Pilot Study on the Social Literacies Required by Young Job Seekers.
Weatherill, Pamela; Boyd, Elizabeth Reid
A study investigated job search literacies for a small sample of Western Australian youth currently seeking employment. Participants were 10 females and 4 males aged 15-24. The research design involved the presentation of job search information and exercises to develop literacy competencies in a participative workshop format. Participants completed three multiple choice questionnaires regarding job search intensity, job search efficacy, and exploration of the labor market. They completed the questionnaires prior to and after the workshop in person and at least two weeks following the workshops by telephone. Results indicated that between the pre- and post-workshop data collection, participants rated themselves as significantly more confident in performing job seeking tasks. Similar results were achieved between the pre-workshop questionnaire and the two-week followup. Participants were also more confident that joining clubs and community groups would assist them with their job search at the two-week followup. No significant differences were found between the post-workshop and the followup questionnaires. (Appendixes include a 26-item bibliography, questionnaires, and workshop materials.) (Author/YLB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Developed Nations, Foreign Countries, Functional Literacy, Job Applicants, Job Search Methods, Knowledge Level, Labor Market, Literacy Education, Pretests Posttests, Secondary Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Socialization, Student Attitudes, Unemployment, Workshops, Young Adults, Youth
For full text (Word): http://www.staff.vu.edu.au/alnarc/publications/01pamelaweathrillW A.doc.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Numeracy Australian Research Consortium, Melbourne. Victorian Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia