ERIC Number: ED235312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Influence of Recent Developments in Computer Technology on Professional Development in Vocational Education. Final Report.
Passmore, David Lynn
Intended for developers of vocational education professionals and for educators making decisions about the usefulness of personal computers in education, this report deals with the effects of the personal computing revolution on professional development of vocational educators. The two major papers and published opinion pieces that make up this document result from the analysis of the state-of-the-art, projected advances, and current applications of personal computing technology. "Educating for Work in a High Tech Society" (Daun M. Anderson) considers the role of computer literacy in vocational education. It advocates teaching computer literacy as a basic skill, examines some existing assumptions about education for technology, considers the implications of attitudes toward technology and work, describes a noninstrumental orientation to education in high technology work, and discusses preparing vocational teachers from a noninstrumental perspective. "The Role of Personal Computers in Vocational Education: A Critical View" (David Lynn Passmore, Daun M. Anderson, Chi-Yin Yuen) is an analytical look at the opportunities and problems personal computers pose for vocational education. Four general uses are discussed: the personal computer as instructional content, for program administration, for instruction, and for communication. Three expected developments are reviewed: artificial intelligence, networking, and portability. Finally, three problems that limit the infusion of personal computers in vocational education are considered: lack of suitable professional orientation of vocational educators, poor quality of instructional software, and the validity of the "Law of Hammer" (the law states that if a hammer is available, something will be found that needs pounding). (YLB)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Science, Computers, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Microcomputers, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Division of Occupational and Vocational Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (write for price).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Div. of Occupational and Vocational Studies.
Note: Pages 36-42 may not reproduce well.