NLA Information: National Workplace Education Policy Study
pjjurmo at intac.com
Tue Apr 15 15:04:55 EDT 1997
You might recall that last year Learning Partnerships issued a report on
how workplace basic education was -- or wasn't -- being factored into
state-level policy for workforce development.
Although we recognize that the state level will be where much of the
action will be in terms of policy which will impact on adult learners and
adult educators, we also know that much can still be done at the national
level to create policies which can affect what happens at the state
Learning Partnerships is now embarking on a new study which will look at
the question of "What can be done by decision-makers at the national
level -- within both the federal government and national-level business
and labor organizations -- to support the use of adult education to prepare
American workers for productive and rewarding roles in the U.S. economy?"
This question expands the focus of our previous study (which looked at
state-level policy for adult education i the workplace). We are now
looking at (a) national-level policy and (b) how adult education in or
ourside the workplace can be used to help workers prepare for roles in
the world of work which are both technically "productive" and "rewarding"
for the worker.
As a first step in gathering information for this study, the researcher
will work with other adult educators to conduct a two-part workshop on
April 27th at the Workshop Learning Conference in Milwaukee.
Participants in the workshop will focus on these questions:
1. Adult basic education takes many forms, operating within many types of
institutions, for various populations, and with a mix of funding
sources. While "workplace basic skills program" have historically been
seen as the primary way to help learners enhance their job-related skills
and careers, other types of adult education programs are potential or
actual vehicles for helping adult learners improve their job performance
and career options.
Please brainstorm: In what way might various types of adult
education programs be used to prepare their lerners for productive,
rewarding roles in the workplace?
2. Given the range of ways that adult education might be used for
workforce preparation and workplace change, what "message" should
advocates for adult education be delivering to decision makers in the
federal government and national-level business and labor organizations?
That is, what should we be telling those decision-makers about (a) the
value of investing in work-related adult education and (b) where they
might best target their investments?
3. Which decision-makers should adult educators be targeting their
messages to in (a) the federal government, (b) the national-level business
sector, and (c) national-level labor organizations?
4. What mechanisms might advocates for work-related adult education use
to (a) communicate with each other around these issues and (b) deliver a
strong, unified message to national-level policy makers?
These are the questions we'll be discussing in Milwaukee and in subsequent
months. We will keep you updated bout the ideas that emerge from these
In the meantime, please feel free to use the WEC list to respond to these
questions. Your responses will be duly noted.
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