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ERIC Number: EJ913241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2891
Productive and Participatory: Basic Education for High-Performing and Actively Engaged Workers
Jurmo, Paul
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n128 p47-57 Win 2010
The adult basic education field in the United States has experienced an ebb and flow of interest and investment in "worker education" over the past three decades. Although the rhetoric around workplace basic skills tends to focus on such outcomes as productivity and competitiveness, some proponents of worker basic education see it as a tool for democratizing U.S. workplaces. But efforts to use employee education to increase worker control, responsibility, and reward vis-a-vis workplace operations have been hindered by inadequate coordination; lack of sustained, accessible funding; and limited evaluation, documentation, and dissemination of program models. Further complicating these efforts is an economy in which the notion of "democracy in the workplace" is often seen as a vestige of food coops, labor unions, Saturn auto plants, and other experiments at worker decision making and ownership dismissed by some as idealistic and unworkable. This chapter summarizes how worker education programs have promoted "worker productivity" and "worker participation." It then suggests how advocates for democratic workplaces can develop a new model of worker basic education that enables workers to contribute to organizational efficiency while also participating at high levels of control, responsibility, and reward vis-a-vis their work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States