ERIC Number: ED261434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Defining a Construct of Telecommunication Technology Literacy and Testing for Differences among Students, Educators and Industry Professionals--A Pilot Study.
Ducey, Richard V.; And Others
To examine the importance of being literate in the technology of telecommunication, the attitudes of three populations were studied: college students, academics, and industry professionals. Altogether 266 names and addresses were compiled. Using a quota strategy, industry professionals were drawn from several segments of the telecommunication industry. Respondents were asked to judge how important it was to have understandings of at least one technology, and many or most of the technologies in the following categories: message creation/origination, message delivery/wire, message delivery/wireless, message processing, message storage/retrieval, and message reception/display. Respondents were also asked to indicate how satisfied they were with the depth of their knowledge in each category. Several tentative conclusions were drawn from the results: (1) students were more likely than educators or industry professionals to think skills or abilities related to telecommunication technology are important, (2) students were more likely than educators or industry professionals to think it is important to understand various telecommunication technologies, (3) industry professionals were most satisfied with their current level of technical knowledge, and (4) educators had the least favorable attitudes toward technology. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (35th, Honolulu, HI, May 23-27, 1985).