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Project ALERT (Adult Literacy Enhanced & Redefined through Training) was a 3-year effort to develop and deploy a number of innovative approaches to delivering workplace literacy programs to business partners, including manufacturers and unions. The project designed, developed, and implemented workplace literacy programs tailored to the organizations and participants' skills and cultural backgrounds through the following methods: conducting a comprehensive analysis of jobs, employees, and organizations; collaboratively designing and developing workplace literacy programs responsive to the unique needs of the organizations, jobs, and employees such as whole language-oriented, interactive multimedia, and learner-centered classroom instruction; designing and developing a range of culturally sensitive instructional methods and materials that are both technology and nontechnology oriented; designing resource-rich classrooms that support traditional and technology-based instruction; and recruiting participants, implementing the site-specific programs, and providing for reinforcement and transfer of training to the workplace. The project conducted project evaluation and program impact research through survey forms and pre- and posttests. Dissemination activities included publications and presentations. Regular meetings were held with leaders from partner organizations to discuss how the program could become institutionalized, a permanent part of their ongoing employee program. The project also planned to diffuse products and services into a follow-on project and to document its work. (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Diffusion (Communication), Educational Innovation, Information Dissemination, Instructional Innovation, Models, Multimedia Instruction, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Teaching Methods, Whole Language Approach, Workplace Literacy

Autor: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Coll. of Education.


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