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Changing Work, Changing Workers: Critical Perspectives on Language, Literacy, and Skills

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This glimpse into factories, hospitals, other work settings, and work-related literacy programs, shows the massive changes in expectations for workers' "skills" in the twenty-first century, especially regarding language and literacy.
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This glimpse into factories, hospitals, other work settings, and work-related literacy programs, shows the massive changes in expectations for workers' "skills" in the twenty-first century, especially regarding language and literacy.
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A collection of studies examining US factories and workplace education programs to see what is currently expected of workers. The studies draw evidence from firsthand, sustained looks at workplaces and workplace education efforts. Many of the chapters represent long-term ethnographic or qualitative research; others are fine-grained examinations of texts, curricula, or policy. Hull, (education, U. of Calif., Berkeley) emphasizes the need to understand how people experience instructional programs, and the role that literacy and other valued practices can and cannot play in promoting economic productivity or in facilitating personal empowerment. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Hearing Other Voices: A Critical Assessment of Popular Views on Literacy and Work
Glynda Hull

Part I: Perspectives from the Classroom

2. Discourses on Workplace Education: A Challenge to the New Orthodoxy
Katherine Schultz

3. Pedagogical Innovation in a workplace Literacy Program: Theory and Practice
Judy Kalman and Kay M. Losey

4. "It Changed Something Inside of Me": English Language Learning, Structural Barriers to Employment, and Workers' Goal in a Workplace Literacy Program
Debby D'Amico and Emily Schnee

5. "Friends in the Kitchen": Lessons from Survivors
Sheryl Greenwood Gowen and Carol Bartlett

6. Dick and Jane at Work: The New Vocationalism and Occupational Literacy Programs
W. Norton Grubb

7. "It's Not Your Skills, It's the Text": Gatekeepers for Women in the Skilled Trade
Marisa Castellano

8. Widening the Narrowed Paths of Applied Communication: Thinking a Curriculum Big Enough for Students
Mark Jury

Part II: Perspectives from the Factory Floor

9. Complicating the Concept of Skill Requirements: Scenes from a Workplace
Charles Darrah

10. If Job Training is the Answer, What is the Question? Research with Displaced Women Textile Workers
Juliet Merrified

11. High Performance Work Talk: A Pragmatic Analysis of the Language of Worker Participation
Oren Ziv

12. Nurses' Work, Women's Work: Some Recent Issues of Professional Literacy and Practice
Jenny Cook-Gumperz and Karolyn Hanna

13. Finding Yourself in the Text: Identity Formation in the Discourse of Workplace Documents
David Jolliffe

14. Teamwork and Literacy: Teaching and Learning at Hardy Industries
Sylvia Hart-Landsberg and Stephen Reder

List of Contributors

Index

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