ERIC Number: ED268973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-17
Reference Count: 0
Bridging the Gap in Robotics Education.
Warnat, Winifred I.
New technologies will produce a radical restructuring of work, including a devaluation of current work skills and the creation of new ones at an ever-increasing rate. The robotics industry provides a prototype for the impact of technology on society, and a context for examining the relevancy of schooling in preparing individuals to function within that society. By examining the context in which education for robotics is occurring, the expanding role of education and the growing variety of institutions providing education and training becomes evident. Five sectors of society provide education-related services pertinent to robotics and the other high technologies: (1) government; (2) education; (3) business/industry; (4) labor; and (5) mass media. Each sector has the primary responsibility for only certain aspects of the educating process, although those functions do overlap. The occupations that are emerging in response to high tech industry needs call for new, essential skills which focus on process rather than subject matter content: critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, application, synthesis, decision-making, communication, and evaluation and analysis. Those individuals who have the requisite knowledge and skills, with the acknowledgement that they will need lifelong retooling, can look forward to a productive place in our society. As a new technology, as an information technology, as an integration of several technologies, and as a major growth industry, robotics can help lead the way for making connections between education, technology, and employment. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Symposium on Industrial Robots/Robots 7 (Chicago, IL, April 17, 1983).