ERIC Number: ED238491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Information Skills for the Information Age.
McCabe, Robert H.
As America enters the information age, industry will require a more knowledgeable work force, many new occupations will be introduced and old ones eliminated, and the nature of each occupation will be evolutionary. Information skills -- finding information, reading it, analyzing it, interpreting it, applying it, and communicating it -- will become the most important occupational skills. The goal of Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) is to help every student, regardless of his/her program, to develop these skills and the next major step in the educational reform initiated at the college in 1978 will be to implement changes to reach this goal. Elements in this reform will include the following: (1) the annual performance objectives for academic staff will include an objective related to the improvement of students' information skills; (2) writing and reading objectives will become a part of each course's objectives; (3) writing expectations will be included in course outlines; (4) support will be provided to help faculty teach writing across the curriculum; (5) class size will be reduced to a mean of 22 students; (6) writing laboratories will be available on all campuses; (7) an additional English requirement will be added; (8) a mid-program student assessment will be initiated; (9) the rationale for these changes will be communicated to students; and (10) an evaluation program to assess student gains in information skills will be a high priority. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL.