ERIC Number: ED240384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Education and Training for a Technological World. Information Series No. 267.
Lemons, C. Dale
Today, this country is facing awesome challenges. Technology is changing all aspects of life, while work force requirements shift rapidly, swelling the numbers of workers who need to be retrained. At the same time, information technologies are creating changes in the automated office. Higher-level literacy is required for most workers in this sector. As the economy moves from an industrial to an information base, the mass educational approach designed to turn out productive workers for industry is no longer deemed appropriate. Rather, education for the future must be improved; not only must schools reemphasize the basics, they must expand the traditional curriculum to include communications, higher-level problem-solving skills, and scientific and technological literacy. Whereas only 7 percent of this country's new jobs will be in high-technology occupations, programs to train workers for these jobs must be designed and implemented quickly if the United States is to compete in the international marketplace of the new global economy. Educators at all levels should cooperate to provide their students with higher levels of mathematics, language, science, and computer literacy skills, along with critical thinking and reasoning skills. (This paper provides information about and examples of the types of programs needed to prepare persons for the new technological jobs that are emerging.) (KC)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Cognitive Processes, Computer Oriented Programs, Computers, Dislocated Workers, Economic Development, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Trends, Emerging Occupations, Futures (of Society), Job Training, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Retraining, Robotics, Secondary Education, Technical Education, Technological Advancement, Technology, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210 (IN 267--$4.25).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Identifiers: United States