ERIC Number: ED222874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Studying Technical Literacy in Today's Society.
Hutson, Barbara A.
Technical literacy is a prerequisite for effective participation in an information society. Generally defined, technical literacy is consonant with work-related functional literacy, but requires a wider range of skills and the ability to deal with specialized forms of materials in order to perform on the job or during training for skilled or semiskilled work. Technical literacy can be viewed as the intersection of technology and literacy. There are, for example, three ways in which it is related to technology: (1) the content is often about technology, (2) the purpose is usually designed to facilitate technology, and (3) the mode of delivery is increasingly likely to be through technology. Technical literacy also overlaps with other forms of reading, but there are at least five major areas in which it differs from them: content familiarity, format, semantic structure, task structure, and mode of delivery. Understanding the processes involved in technical literacy, accommodating individual differences, planning for effective document designing, and planning training for and through technical literacy all require the development and application of a broad framework based on well-constructed theory. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).