ERIC Number: ED254210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Literacy for Teachers. ERIC Digest.
Geisert, Paul; Futrell, Mynga
This digest summarizes diverse viewpoints in the controversy over the meaning and practice of "computer literacy." The issue of whether being able to read and write computer programs should be a a computer literacy requirement for teachers is specifically addressed. Attempts to define computer literacy goals for teachers are noted, including those by Rawitsch (1981) and the states of Texas and North Carolina, as well as de facto definitions resulting from program development. It is suggested that a major problem with the term "computer literacy" is that it confounds two ideas: the computer as a classroom tool and the computer as a subject of instruction. Conclusions indicate that the specific skills and knowledge that constitute computer literacy remain undefined, and that teachers need to specify their own computer literacy needs and pursue their own individual computer literacy education plans. Twenty-six references are listed. (LMM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Science Education, Definitions, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Programing, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teachers
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.