ERIC Number: ED232705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Computer Literacy. An ERIC Fact Sheet.
Laubacher, Marilyn R.
Definitions of computer literacy, educational planning concerns, topics for a computer literacy course, computer literacy for teachers, and a community computer literacy project are addressed in this review of literature. Although no agreement exists among computer experts about what computer literacy is or should be, it is apparent that a national program of computer literacy need not have as its goal a single curriculum or set of requirements for everyone. It has been agreed that computer literacy should be available to all students, with the elementary and secondary schools bearing the largest responsibility for instruction. Some of the issues involved in planning for a computer literate society include: the question of whether computer-related skills are needed by everyone; provision for inservice and preservice teacher training; the political, social, and economic implications of computer technology; isolation and separatism among students using computers; and health and safety aspects. Course topics could include history of computers, programming, computer systems, and the social effects of computers. Community educators can sponsor a computer literacy project at a public library, offering "hands-on" instruction for patrons. A list containing curriculum materials on computer literacy, examples of recent journal articles on the topic, and general reference sources are also provided. (KC)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education; Fact Sheets; PF Project