The Massachusetts Workplace Education Initiative (MWEI) was begun in 1985 as an inter-agency effort to bring adult basic education and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction directly into workplaces throughout the state. The impetus for the program was a concern for large numbers of workers who did not have the skills necessary to compete successfully for new jobs after plant closings or other layoffs. This report details what came to be known as the "outcome study" and the "curriculum study" of the MWEI Cycle 4 Evaluation, as well as the "termination study," which developed when one company closed and another stopped its education program midway through the outcome study. The overall evaluation goals were: (1) to develop a process for defining and measuring meaningful outcomes, and (2) to assess the organization, delivery, and effectiveness of educational materials and curricula in four workplace education programs. Information on the following six sites are described in the outcome and curriculum studies: Hampden Paper Company (Holyoke); Aerovox, Inc. (New Bedford); Kennedy Die Castings (Worcester); United Electric Controls Company (Watertown); South Cove Manor Nursing Home (Boston); and Boston City Hospital (Boston). In addition, case studies are reported for Friction Materials, Inc. (Lawrence) and Spir-it, Inc. (Wakefield) in the termination study. Recommendations are offered for future evaluation and technical assistance. Nearly half the document consists of outcome study case studies, which are appended; also appended are numerous questionnaires used in the study. Contains 10 references. (LB) Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education.
Separately published "Executive Summary" and "Appendices" have been appended to the report.
Massachusetts Workplace Education Initiative
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Evaluation Research, Newton Highlands, MA.
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.; Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.