Training Within Industry as Short-Sighted Community Literacyappropriate Training Program: A Case Study of Worker- Centered Training and Its Implications

Dirk Remley


This essay presents a case study of the modes used in training employees at
a munitions plant in Ohio between 1940 and 1945. Theories of multimodal
discourse and learning advanced by The New London Group (1996), Gunther
Kress and Theo Van Leeuwen (2001) and Richard Mayer (2001) inform this
analysis. With an unskilled labor force and many workers coming from oral
literate traditions, the War Manpower Commission developed the Training
Within Industry program, emphasizing visual and experiential literacies. This
analysis can inform programs that use multimodal forms of instruction by
acknowledging positive and negative implications of such literacy sponsorship.

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