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ERIC Number: ED363340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Use of Electronic Information Systems--Another Perspective.
Kazlauskas, Edward John; Iehl, Ronald Edwin
It is a given today that we are living in an information age. Numerous studies and statistics attest to this fact. But not only is information proliferating at a rapid rate, the manner in which people are using information is changing, as is the nature of information itself. Such changes as these have meant that accessing and using information have become more complex. This complexity has been compounded by the rapid development of new technologies designed both to organize and provide access to information. In this environment there is a need for individuals to use information for their own personnel and organizational empowerment; those without such access will have difficulty in a modern, information-based society. This paper addresses the concept of information as power. There is a discussion of the means by which individuals can access information, through traditional means and through the new technologies. Impediments to the access of information are described and examples from case studies (from an international perspective) are provided which illustrate how learners have been "information empowered." Following these examples, the issues of expanding opportunities for use of electronic information systems to the urban disadvantaged and internationally to developing countries are discussed, and finally, suggestions for strategies to incorporate the concept of information power into the curricula are provided. (Contains 14 references.) (KRN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States