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ERIC Number: ED240305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Demystifying High Technology. Occasional Paper No. 97.
Rumberger, Russell
Two myths about high technology are that it will be the primary source of new jobs and that it will vastly upgrade the skill requirements of jobs. Evidence does not support these myths. Most new jobs will not be in high tech fields, and technology will reduce the skill requirements. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that high tech occupations will grow rapidly until 1990, but the actual numbers of jobs that will be created are quite small in comparison to other occupational categories. Technology is shaping the future economy by other forces. Robotics, automation, sophistication of some technologies, and movement of jobs overseas will result in job loss. New jobs will be created by technology in production and maintenance of robots. Skill requirments will also be affected. Reduced skills will be needed to use word processing equipment, computers, and cash registers. Educational implications from these changes include the need to increase and strengthen basic education; the need to strengthen the idea of lifelong, recurrent education; and the need to gear training and education toward adaptability and flexibility. Questions and answers about high technology, vocational education, and changes in the nature of work conclude the document. (YLB)
National Center Publications, Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210 (OC 97--$2.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.