ERIC Number: ED277338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Facilitating the Acquisition of Computer Skills for Adults: A Handbook of Findings and Recommendations.
Mruk, Christopher J.
This handbook of research findings and practical suggestions is written for teachers, educators, and psychologists who are concerned about computer literacy for adults. Based on a federally funded research project, the handbook focuses on the computer needs of non-traditional adult learners over 25 years of age. The first section examines contemporary trends and problems of adult computer education. The second section deals with the psychology of the learning processes involved in acquiring basic computer skills, including methods for computer education research; computer literacy for adults; types of computer literacy for adults; the educational structure for teaching computer skills to adults; and adult learners and their individual differences. Factors impairing or facilitating the rate of learning to use a computer for adults are also addressed. The third section includes a survey comparing the computer learning patterns of 55 adult learners with 55 traditional college students, and concludes with 18 suggestions for teaching, learning, and policy making concerned with computers and adults. A glossary of commonly used terms and references are included. (Author/DJR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Human Development Services (DHHS), Washington, DC.; Saint Francis Coll., Loretto, PA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Educational Computing Conference (6th, Dayton, OH, June 13-15, 1984).