Thomas G. Sticht
Applied Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences, Inc.
2062 Valley View Blvd.
El Cajon, CA 92019-2059
Fone/FAX: (619) 444-9595
Dr. Thomas G. Sticht is President and Senior Scientist, Applied Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences, Inc. (the ABC'S) and Project Coordinator for the San Diego Consortium for Workforce Education and Lifelong Learning (CWELL). Prior to this, he was Vice President and Director of the Basic Skills Division of the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO). His fifteen year association with HumRRO was interrupted in 1975, when he was Visiting Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and from 1976 to 1979 when he served at the National Institute of Education (NIE) in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW). At the NIE, Dr. Sticht was Associate Director of the NIE, where he directed the R & D program of the Basic Skills Group. He has been a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, and he has been on the faculties of several universities and community colleges in California and Virginia. From 1983 to 1986 he was Research Professor of Industrial Psychology at the United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and in the summer of 1993 he was a visiting Noted Scholar at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Dr. Sticht received the Ph. D degree from the University of Arizona, where he specialized in experimental psychology. His research and development efforts have focused on the application of cognitive science to the literacy, education, and training needs of underserved youth and adults. The results of this work are reported in over 150 reports, articles, and books, including (with others): Reading for Working: A Functional Literacy Anthology; The Intergenerational Transfer of Cognitive Skills: Vols. I & II.;Cognitive Science and Human Resources Management; Cast-off Youth: Policy and Training Methods from the Military Experience; Functional Context Education: Workshop Resource Notebook; Testing and Assessment in Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language Programs; and Evaluating National Workplace Literacy Programs.
In 1971, Dr. Sticht directed a project that developed a job-related, functional literacy program that was selected as one of only 12 programs, out of 1500 candidates, to be designated as Exemplary by the U.S. Department of Education. This functional context education approach to adult literacy development has been established as policy by the armed services and the U. S. Dept. of Education's National Workplace Literacy Program. It forms the basis for many work-oriented literacy programs and materials, including a 15 volume set of texts published in 1992 by the Glencoe Divison of the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing company. These materials integrate the teaching of occupational, reading and mathematics skills for youth and adults in Office Technology, Health Occupations, Automotive, Construction, and Electronics Trades.
In 1978 the International Reading Association (IRA) awarded Dr. Sticht the Albert J. Harris Award for outstanding contributions to the diagnosis and remediation of reading and learning disabilities of youth and adults. He has chaired IRA committees on Reading in Non-School Settings (1984-86) and Basic Education and Reading (1975-76; member from 1973-79). For 16 years Dr. Sticht has represented the International Reading Association on Unesco's International Jury for Literacy Prizes and in 1993 he was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame.
Dr. Sticht serves on the National Commission on Working Women; the National Governor's Association's Advisory Group for Achieving National Education Goal 6 (adult literacy) and the Work in America Institute's Job-Linked Literacy Network. He served on the Professional Advisory Board of the Business Council for Effective Literacy (1984-93); the Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) (1991-92); the National Commission on Testing and Public Policy (1987-90) and in 1989-91 he chaired the California Workforce Literacy Task Force established by the California State Legislature. He is a consultant in family and workforce literacy to the Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit (ALBSU) in England.