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ERIC Number: ED302726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Adult Education Report.
Merrimack Education Center, Chelmsford, MA.
A study was initiated to investigate the current status of technology initiatives in terms of their impact on six adult education centers in Massachusetts. It was designed to provide new insights into the educational effects of computer instruction upon adult basic education students. A second effort focused on the presentation of a model of statewide technology transfer and diffusion. The site reviews indicated that the centers serve a very diverse clientele; the main programs offered were adult basic education and English as a second language; and each center was organized as a service site to reach out to clients. Project activities were aimed at designing and operating computer literacy programs for adult educators; designing and offering a software leadership institute for training trainers; providing microcomputer equipment for instructional purposes through a lease/purchase arrangement; designing an administrative database to be field tested in two adult learning sites; and documenting and disseminating findings from these technology initiatives and new practices. Recommendations were made that will assist future planning by adult educators who are studying and exploring ways to optimize the use of technology within their educational and training settings. (Appendixes include workshop agendas, software evaluation forms, the Philadelphia Department of Education's list of adult education courseware, and a 33-page bibliography of print resources and courseware.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Computer Software Reviews, Computer Uses in Education, Courseware, Databases, Diffusion (Communication), Educational Technology, Faculty Development, Information Technology, Literacy Education, Models, State Programs, Technical Assistance
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Authoring Institution: Merrimack Education Center, Chelmsford, MA.