(2) "Can you tell me about your definition or philosophy of
literacy?" (open discussion)
(3) "Now I'd like to ask you about the students who enroll
in your programs (in turn)
- What percentage of your students are working (Full-time,
part-time, shift work, casual)?
- What percentage of them are receiving social assistance of some
kind (band sponsorship, UIC, welfare, etc.)? Of this number, what %
are on welfare? (How many EDC students do you have?)
- Do these students come into the program with specific personal,
academic, and/or employment goals? What are these goals?
- What % of these students would state employment as their MAIN
- What role do you believe literacy plays in preparing people for
"Does anyone wish to add anything
else to this particular topic of discussion?"
(4) The next set of questions has to do with curriculum and
other resources you use in your programs to help your students meet
their employment (and other) goals: (open discussion)
- First of all, can you tell me what skills you believe are needed
in the workplace?
- How do you find out what skills are needed? Do you have access to
current labour market information?
- Are these skills being taught in the classroom? If so, how are
they being taught?
- Describe any curriculum or other resources you use in employment
- How effective do you find these curriculum/resources to be?
- Are there any other resources you wish you had? Why don't you
- How prepared do you feel you are (or other program staff) to
prepare students for work? What do you need to become better
"Does anyone wish to add anything else to this
particular topic of discussion?"
(5) Our next topic is jobs.
- What do you believe is the real job situation "out there"?
- What kinds of jobs are your students being prepared for? Why?
(probe: is the decision based on their own goals? goals set by
others? Labour market-driven?)
- Do you have any mechanism (formal or informal) for tracking
students after the, leave your program? Describe.
- What % of your students end up taking a job upon graduating from
- What kinds of jobs (if any) do these students end up taking and
for how long?
- Do your students face any barriers to getting and/or keeping a
job? If yes, what do you think these barriers are?