ERIC Number: ED305921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-5
Role of Technology in the Education, Training and Retraining of Adult Workers.
Kurland, Norman D.; And Others
This report shows how new technological tools or devices are being used in adult education and training; it examines the evidence of their effectiveness and costs; and it suggests prospects for the future use of technologies. Particular attention is given to uses with displaced and employed workers needing basic skills, high school diplomas, and skill upgrading. The technologies examined are broadcast television; cable; Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS); videotape; videodisk; computers (including computer assisted instruction, computer managed instruction, and embedded training); simulators; emulators; telecommunications; job aids; and "off-the-shelf" programs. In addition to discussions of each of the technologies, this report considers future hardware/software systems; settings in which the technologies have been used; the results of and need for more effectiveness studies; computer assisted instruction in basic adult education; adult students' need for social interaction; instructional design strategies; costs; barriers to and incentives for educational change; and lessons from previous attempts to integrate technological innovations in education. It is concluded that, although new technologies will come to play an important role in adult education and training, there is a great need for more research and systematic studies to demonstrate the value of technology based programs. The text is supplemented by 11 tables, 108 references, and a list of the names and addresses of 81 persons interviewed. (EW)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Technology, Industrial Training, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Interpersonal Relationship, Job Training, Media Research, Postsecondary Education, Research Needs, Secondary Education, Technical Education, Use Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Authoring Institution: Kurland (Norman D.) and Associates, Delman, NY.
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