ERIC Number: ED237660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
60 Apples--Utilizing Electronic Technology to Enhance and Enrich Adult Learning.
Dik, David W.; Giacomi, Katherine W.
A project was conducted to introduce adults in a rural community in New York to Apple computers. Adults in the Addison School District of Steuben County were recruited through the county cooperative extension program and through high school and elementary school bulletins. Four courses were conducted with from 10 to 25 adults in each four-part course. The courses aimed to make adults computer literate, to show them how the computer could be of help in their businesses or farms, and to familiarize them with what their children were learning in school. The four sessions of the course focused on the following topics: introduction and overview, subject matter exercises, word processing, and programming and evaluation. Program participants were almost uniformly enthusiastic about their experience with computers. Most would be willing to continue to learn more about computer, and none demonstrated the "computerphobia" that had been expected. The project directors did note, however, that a course in typing would be beneficial to all persons before they start to learn to use computers and would alleviate the frustration of laboriously pecking out sentences to learn how to use the word processor. (Suggestions for program development are given in the document appendix.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Programs, Computers, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Microcomputers, Participant Characteristics, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Programing, Rural Education, Word Processing
Cornell Cooperative Extension, 111 Roberts Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Apple II; New York (Steuben County)