ERIC Number: ED331508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Education in Computing, 1984-1987: A New Zealand Success Story in Community Involvement.
Bibby, Barbara D.
This report presents the results of a survey of provisions for adult education in computing in New Zealand between 1984 and 1987. The study focused on the current generation's perception of their need for education about computers, the kind of information they want, whether courses are available to meet their needs, whether the relative cheapness of microcomputers has produced an interested "informed" community, any plans and likely demands for computers in education in the future, and how these demands might be met. The first of seven chapters provides an outline of the content of various kinds of computer courses being taught and summarizes the kinds of material chosen by tutors as they consider what they should teach their adult students. The second chapter seeks to identify the range and nature of computer courses being offered to adults in the general community and to discuss significant concerns and issues arising from the courses. The educational role of computer user groups and their contribution to the rise in computer literacy in New Zealand are examined in chapter three, and chapter four presents an overview of farming applications of microcomputers. Topics for computers in education are suggested in chapter five; the tutors' evaluations of computer education courses are presented in chapter six; and chapter seven offers an evaluation of and some conclusions about the use of computers in education and the development of community programs for continuing education. A glossary of terms, samples of course curricula and prospectuses, and survey data are appended. (23 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers: New Zealand
Note: J. R. McKenzie Fellowship Report.