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ERIC Number: ED279451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Literacy and the Adult Learner.
Emery, Mary
Begun in 1982, Rural Education Adult Development in Idaho (READI) intends to provide adult learners in rural areas with an opportunity to learn about computers in a way that is both interesting and relevant to their lives. During the 3-year pilot, the project developed and tested a curriculum, designed a method for training people to use the curriculum, and tested a community based delivery system. Curriculum was designed to include activities which foster self-esteem, encourage self-motivation, review basic skills, and enhance problem-solving and decision-making skills. Although READI was piloted through the Idaho Cooperative Extension Service, volunteer community advisory groups selected local peer teachers, organized logistics, and recruited participants. Community advisory committees were charged with developing a strategic vision of how technology will influence the area and implementing strategies for maximizing the positive impact of technological change. Over 600 rural adults enrolled in READI classes and an additional 250 participated in READI sponsored community computer expos. An estimated 40 K-12 teachers have READI materials in their classes, affecting approximately 2,000 students. Most people took the class to improve job prospects; computerize a small business, farm, or ranch; and/or become more knowledgeable about computers to understand what kids are doing in school. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho