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SIL Electronic Working Papers 2005-009

Workplace literacy in industrial settings

Author  Chandler, Carolyn Ebel

This paper was presented at the International Literacy Year Colloquium in October 1990, in Washington, D.C. It addresses the problem of workplace illiteracy and marginal literacy. The need among blue-collar workers is particularly keen and is being neglected. Traditional adult literacy courses are, for the most part, not adequate. Curriculum needs to be pertinent to worker-perceived needs. Employers need to release workers with pay for at least part of the training time. The identities of those involved in classes may need to be kept confidential. Several examples of workplace literacy programs are given. There are some bright spots, but much work needs to be done.

  Workplace literacy in industrial settings
Published  2005
Country  United States
Subjects  Literacy
Literacy problems
Literacy programs
Keywords  literacy; Literacy Colloquium; workplace; industrial programs; United States; Literacy problems; Literacy programs