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Do workplace literacy programs promote high skills or low wages?

Series or Serial: Labor Notes, July 1991

Corporate Name: National Governors' Association. Center for Policy Research

Alternate Document Title: Suggestions for future evaluations of workplace literacy programs

Publisher: AFL-CIO Human Resources Development Institute

Published At: Washington, DC

Date Published: 1991

Distributor: AFL-CIO Human Resources Development Institute

Source Address: 815 - 16th Street, N.W.

Source City/State/Zip: Washington DC 20006

Phone: 202-638-3912

Material Type: Article

Intended Audience: Policy Maker

Physical Media: Print

Subjects: Adult Literacy; Employment; Basic Skills; Program Evaluation

This article advocates workplace literacy program designed to foster high performance workplace structures rather than maintaining "low wage-low skill" outdated workplaces. The "low wage" workplace literacy programs have a narrow, job-specific basic skills curriculum, aimed at filling gaps in a worker's ability to follow the directions for a specific job. The "high skill" path programs are broader, less job-specific, and are integrated with other worker training and education and career ladders. Policy makers are urged to evaluate the impact of programs on workplace structure. References and book reviews are appended.

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