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A Study on Worksite Lifelong Learning for Hearing Impaired Individuals in Printing Industry
hearing impaired individual
worksite lifelong learning
The rapid development of knowledge, economy, technology, and civilization, has caused change of production process and technology in the printing industry. Encountering the change of structure, context, and technology, self-study or participating in the educational training program offered by the employee’s company is the way an employee needs to take to increase his or her job capability to deal with the change. This study was to understand the hearing impaired employees’ needs for lifelong learning in the printing industry through interviewing the employers and the hearing impaired employees at their worksites. The major motive of this study was to scheme a suitable lifelong learning strategy for the hearing impaired employees in the printing industry according to their practical needs in their worksites so that their capabilities of work and adjustment to the changing environment can be enhanced. Besides, this study was to provide information for the printing industry to explore and develop special human resource from this population. The purposes of this study were: 1.To explore the niches and the difficulties that the hearing impaired employees are encountering under the contemporary policy and regulation, andthe uniqueness and the current development of printing industry. 2.To explore the opinions of the employers toward the job performance of their hearing impaired employees, and their needs for lifelong learning at their worksites. 3.To explore the hearing impaired employees’ needs and attitudes toward worksite lifelong learning. 4.To explore the strategies of worksite lifelong learning for the hearing impaired employees in the printing industry. The methods of this study were literature review, consultation with the experts, phone investigation, and on-the-spot interview. The phone investigation targeted at the chairpersons or managers of the 368 companies of Taiwan Printing Industry Association. Among the results of the phone investigation, 36 hearing impaired employees who worked at 32 different companies or factories were the sample. The analysis of quantitative data was based on frequency distribution and percentage. The phone interview was analyzed through quantitative analysis through SWOT. The results of this study were: 1.Realization of the niches and the difficulties that the hearing impaired employees are encountering under the contemporary policy and regulation, and the uniqueness and the current development of printing industry. 2.Realization of the opinions of the employers toward the job performance of their hearing impaired employees, and their needs for lifelong learning at their worksites. 3.Realization the hearing impaired employees’ needs and attitudes toward worksite lifelong learning. 4.Summing up strategies of worksite lifelong learning for the hearing impaired employees in the printing industry through SWOT based on the results of the above analysis. 5.Making proposals to the relative government departments, the printing industry, the hearing impaired employees, and the researchers. The value and contribution of this study is to promote the professional knowledge and skills of the hearing impaired so that they can continue to grow in their occupational capability and adjust to the rapid change of the social environment which is undergoing the transition of industrial automaticalization.
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