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ERIC Number: EJ1126326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1477-9714
Formal and Informal Training for Workers with Low Literacy: Building an International Dialogue
Taylor, Maurice; Evans, Karen
Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, v15 n1 p37-54 May 2009
The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate some of the kinds of formal and informal workplace training activities that workers with low literacy engage in from different parts of Canada and the United Kingdom. The study employed a multi-site case study research design with 31 employees and 18 instructors from seven different types of workplace literacy programmes in various regions of Canada and 42 employees and six supervisors/tutors from four workplace basic skills programmes in the north and south of Greater London, England. Data sources from each country were developed and were used for comparable purposes following a within case and cross case analysis. The findings are described under three main themes. The first theme depicts the range of formal workplace programmes in both countries that employees with low literacy have participated in. The second pattern highlights the main types of informal learning activities that emerged from the data which included: observing from knowledgeables; practicing without supervision; searching independently for information; focused workplace discussions and mentoring and coaching. The third theme describes some of the determining factors of the informal learning process. Implications of the study suggest that company sponsored workplace and essential skills programmes act as catalysts for further learning at work. As well, findings also seem to indicate that various forms of self-directed learning and the organisational context may play an important role as these workers engage in and shape everyday workplace practices. Suggestions for continuing the cross nation studies are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United Kingdom
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