ERIC Number: ED254622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
(Re)Training Adults for New Office and Business Technologies. State-of-the-Art Paper.
Fraser, Bryna Shore
This paper addresses the extent to which retraining and training programs are available for employed and unemployed adults. First, demographic and economic shifts and projections into the next century are discussed as the context for needed training. Second, the promise and positive impacts of new technologies in office and business settings are explored, along with the problems that may accompany the introduction of automation in such settings. Approaches to avoiding or alleviating these problems are then presented, along with an examination of the general barriers to adult participation in (re)training programs. The third section discusses the types of training programs available to adults from a variety of providers in the corporate sector (in-house programs, contracts with a postsecondary education institution, tuition-assistance programs, union negotiated training programs), the education and training sector (noncollegiate postsecondary schools, four-year colleges and universities, two-year colleges, professional associations), and the public sector (educational brokering services, public school systems, local community programs, Federal employment and training programs, collaborative training programs). Examples of specific programs are detailed for each sector. Increased emphasis on programs and information that address the needs of adults for training in new office and business technologies is recommended. (Author/YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Automation, Data Processing, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Futures (of Society), Job Training, Office Occupations, Office Occupations Education, Population Trends, Program Descriptions, Retraining, Skill Development, Skill Obsolescence, State of the Art Reviews, Technological Advancement, Word Processing
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.