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Hearing other voices : a critical assessment of popular views on literacy and work

Author: Glynda A Hull; Educational Resources Information Center (U.S.)
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : National Center for Research in Vocational Education, University of California at Berkeley ; [Washington, DC] : U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Educational Resources Information Center, [1991]
Series: Management development series, 154.
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : National government publication : Microfiche : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Recent cognitive and historical research as well as the perspectives of workers can challenge the popular myths of literacy and work. It is believed that workers do not possess the necessary literacy skills for current and future jobs. Forecasters specify which groups will dominate the future work force--women, minorities, and immigrants. Since these groups are believed to have the poorest skills, workplace literacy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Reports, Evaluative
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Glynda A Hull; Educational Resources Information Center (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 29533598
Notes: Distributed to depository libraries in microfiche.
Shipping list no.: 93-0006-M.
Reproduction Notes: Microfiche. [Washington, D.C.] : Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [1992]. 1 microfiche.
Description: 1 volume.
Series Title: Management development series, 154.
Other Titles: Critical assessment of popular views on literacy and work
Responsibility: Glynda Hull.

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Recent cognitive and historical research as well as the perspectives of workers can challenge the popular myths of literacy and work. It is believed that workers do not possess the necessary literacy skills for current and future jobs. Forecasters specify which groups will dominate the future work force--women, minorities, and immigrants. Since these groups are believed to have the poorest skills, workplace literacy problems will worsen. There is talk of a deficit in "basic skills." The traditional idea of basics--reading, writing, and computation--makes up just one skill group of seven that employers believe are important. Given growing illiteracy, changing demographics, increasing skill requirements, and economic losses, there is pressure on businesses to support literacy training. Much workplace literacy discourse centers on functional context training--basing literacy instructional materials on texts used on the job. A more critical reading of current views rejects a simplistic assignment of blame to workers' lack of literacy skills. Reassessment of the effects of literacy and illiteracy, workers' potential, the nature of literacy, and the literacy requirements of work should be infused with the workers' perspective and alternative views. The literacy practices emerging from these "other voices" can help amend, qualify, and improve workplace literacy programs. (101 references) (NLA).

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