ERIC Number: ED180529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges and Appropriate Technology.
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
A roundtable on Appropriate Technology (AT) was sponsored by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC) and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a result of a mandate from Congress to develop an AT program. The roundtable report first discusses the role of the NSF in including community colleges in the project, strengthening the scientific base of AT, improving understanding of AT as a science and technology concept, and funding relevant research. Two papers presented at the roundtable follow. The first provides: (1) a definition of AT, demonstrating its small scale, localized approach to the provision of basic needs with minimum demands upon the environment; (2) profiles of AT supporter groups, including back-to-the-land enthusiasts and low-income groups faced with rising energy costs; (3) a rationale for community college involvement in AT that stresses the parallels between the two in local orientation and pragmatism; (4) a discussion of AT activities that community colleges can sponsor; and (5) a comment on the potential role of the AACJC in AT. The second paper outlines roundtable recommendations for the involvement of community colleges and the AACJC in AT. The report concludes with additional observations pointing to current community college activities, including the alcohol fuel development program at Colby Community College. (J)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Conservation (Environment), Demand Occupations, Demonstration Centers, Energy, Energy Conservation, Program Development, Quality of Life, Research Needs, Resource Centers, Science Curriculum, Solar Radiation, Technological Advancement, Technology, Two Year Colleges, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.