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ERIC Number: ED207617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-27
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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Computer Literacy.
Hunter, Beverly
The concept of computer literacy is examined as it applies to two-year colleges. The paper begins with definitions of the term, emphasizing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes toward computers that are considered criteria for computer literacy. The paper continues by describing a conference at which educators attempted to visualize the technology of the future and its implications and by listing areas in which these educators were successful (e.g., predicting the intelligent videodisc) and unsuccessful. Next, six reasons why a broad base of computer literacy is needed are examined, including reasons related to the changing economy, the changing nature of jobs, promotion of equity in access to computers, world competition, the need to encourage student skills, and the need to understand issues of public policy for technology. The paper then suggests priorities for planning computer literacy programs, which include, in order of importance, enhancing the computer literacy of educational administrators, planning curricula for the use of the computer, purchasing hardware and software to support the curricula, supporting faculty members who encourage computer literacy, supporting academic computing facilities, gaining assistance from industry, and fostering computer literacy at pre-college levels. The paper concludes with a projected profile of the computer-literacy level of the entering college class of 1985, which foresees a wide variation in experience with computers. (KL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Literacy
Note: Paper presented at the Patterns Conference on Computer Literacy (Rochester, NY, April 27-28, 1981).