ERIC Number: ED254616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
High Technology in Rural Settings. State-of-the-Art Paper.
The purpose of this paper is to identify the role of high technology in rural-to-urban and urban-to-rural movement and the implications of this technology for agriculture and rural areas. The first section of the paper considers the impact of technology on agriculture in the United States over the past 50 years. Because U.S. agriculture has undergone unprecedented technological change since the 1930s, this provides an excellent case study of the effects of technology. Section 2 examines the potential impact of high technology on rural people and areas and concludes that high technology will influence rural areas more as users than as producers of such technology. The next two sections focus on two major high technology users--the farming industry and local rural government and schools. Applications of computers in agriculture and telecommunications in marketing are described, forecasts of future microcomputer uses on farms are made, and selected applications by the public sector are considered. The final section addresses some underlying issues (posed as questions with brief answers and supporting arguments) about high technology's effect on economic efficiency and equity, educational needs, and philosophical concerns. (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Office for Research in High Technology Education.