ERIC Number: ED237646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Towards the Electronic Office. An Overview of the Curricular Implications of New Technology for Office and Business Education and Training. An Occasional Paper.
Through a review of a number of surveys and research reports, an overview was prepared of the implications of increasing office technology on industry and educational requirements in the United Kingdom. The review found that business and industry are involved in an increasingly rapid change to new equipment and that the distinctions between office, communications, and computer equipment are disappearing. More skills are needed by staff members, especially more in-depth knowledge of office systems based on integrated new technology. However, the review concluded that colleges of further education are not often reacting adequately to the challenge. Equipment and supportive material are lacking and many colleges are becoming less competitive in this area, compared to outside training agencies. Although syllabuses are being modified to relate to specific aspects of new office technology, no move appears to be taking place toward the adoption of a curriculum capable of giving a more generalized approach to this expanding technology. It was recommended that as new and more powerful equipment is increasingly introduced into offices, more attention be paid in education to the understanding of the processes being served by this equipment, so that when the equipment changes, more fundamental skills associated with information processing and interpretation remain useful. This requires a system rather than a component approach. In addition, teachers should take courses to prepare for the task ahead, and curriculum must be developed to meet it. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Unit, London (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain