ERIC Number: ED368332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-18
Reference Count: N/A
Working in a Wired World.
The revolution in digital communication is bringing about profound changes in the ways people live, learn, and work. Three topics that address these changes are discussed. First is a set of ideas about the nature of information and information processing. Second is an Australian National Framework for competence in language, literacy, and numeracy that has recently been developed; and third is a set of ideas about productive diversity that are the focus of some recent explorations for the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Nine elements of information processing are identified and discussed as follows: (1) configuration; (2) location; (3) concentration; (4) organization; (5) replication; (6) representation; (7) distribution; (8) scale; and (9) transformation. The newly developed framework offers a complex picture of competence as something occurring at three stages of skill (assisted competence, independent competence, and collaborative competence) across six communication domains. Exchanging information across cultural, gender, class, and ethnic boundaries brings many problems. Individuals without information fluency skills and the motivation to use them will be at a disadvantage as will their employers. Eleven figures and four tables illustrate the discussion. (Contains 28 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Change, Competence, Computer Literacy, Cultural Differences, Employment Qualifications, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Information Literacy, Information Management, Information Networks, Information Processing, Information Transfer, Sex Differences, Social Class, Telecommunications, Training
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Diversity (Groups)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Library and Information Association (Queensland, Australia, June 18, 1993).