ERIC Number: ED223815
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-13
Reference Count: 0
Personal Computer Literacy: Personal and Professional Applications.
Hiemstra, Roger; Tucker, Hugh
The different uses to which two adult educators put their personal computers illustrate some of the many personal and professional applications of microcomputers and point to some implications for home computers in the field of adult education. Relying primarily upon prepared software packages, the first educator relies on his computer as a resource to aid in word processing and in home and professional management. The second educator, on the other hand, is primarily a hobbyist who finds his computer a constant source of intellectual stimulation. Both users of personal computers represent a significant potential market for credit and non-credit adult education offerings. Both educators have found their home computers a valuable professional resource in that it eliminates the need for copious notes, outlines, and drafts when preparing professional reports; reduces typing and dictation time; provides constant intellectual stimulation; forces individuals to better organize their thoughts; and facilitates the rapid retrieval of information. The growing use of home computers has created the need for new software packages that are based on a humanist rather than a behavioralist philosophy as well as for additional adult-level courses or workshops on using home computers. The personal computer is also a valuable tool for use in adult education program administration. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the National Adult Education Conference (San Antonio, TX, November 13, 1982).