ERIC Number: ED231461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May-20
Reference Count: 0
A Position on a Computer Literacy Course.
Self, Charles C.
A position is put forth on the appropriate content of a computer literacy course and the role of computer literacy in the community college. First, various definitions of computer literacy are examined, including the programming, computer awareness, and comprehensive approaches. Next, five essential components of a computer literacy course are identified, followed by extensive rationales for their inclusion. These components are: (1) programming skills in the BASIC language; (2) the ability to operate modern hardware and use existing software; (3) the ability to communicate with computer specialists using correct computer terminology; (4) knowledge of the social, political, and economic impact of computers; and (5) an abstract concept of how a computer operates. The rationale sections state that programming, for example, is included to narrow the educational gap between the affluent and disadvantaged; increase students' self-esteem; improve their understanding of mathematical concepts, thought-processing techniques, syntax, and logic; teach the limitations of the computer; and help students overcome fear of the machine. Next, the exclusion of other possible content areas, such as consumer awareness and the history of computers, is defended. Finally, the role of community colleges in promoting computer literacy is stressed, indicating that the most computer illiterate segment of society (i.e., those 35 and older) is the educational responsibility of the two-year college. A list of behavioral objectives for the proposed course is appended. (LL)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, College Role, Community Colleges, Computer Literacy, Computer Science Education, Computers, Course Content, Course Objectives, Curriculum Development, Educational Benefits, Educational Responsibility, Programing, Secondary Education, Social Influences, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Amherst, MA, May 20, 1983).