ERIC Number: ED331951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Computer Revolution and Adult Education. Growth Prospects in Africa.
Most African countries are presently overburdened by their debts, declining economies, and quality of living as well as abiding struggles for the restoration of democracy. However, they have noted the global revolution in the development and application of computers. Most Africans believe that computers and intensive and relevant education for all provide opportunities for speeding up the development process. Although most education in African nations is directed at youths, computers could be applied to many aspects of African adult education, such as retaining students, providing information systems, retraining, computer literacy, distance education, and computer conferencing. Conversely, several problems could develop in the use of computers in adult education, such as computer-related crimes, policy setbacks, the presence of nontechnical administrators, an inadequate supply of personnel, an inadequate infrastructure, costs, technical issues, and suspicion of computers. Surmounting such problems requires concerted international cooperation in fostering the use of computers in Africa, training adults in computer use, and promoting adult education research. (20 references) (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Salt Lake City, UT, November 5, 1990).