ERIC Number: ED373012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Carbons to Computers: The Changing American Office.
Smith, Michelle; And Others
This document explores the changing U.S. office, from its expansion in the 1830s due to the railroad industry to its dominance in the U.S. economy of the late 20th century. This examination of the office provides a way to study the U.S.' growth from the industrial revolution to the information age. Chapter 1 provides a brief historical overview of the origin and growth of the U.S. office. Management issues, scientific management, and the post war economy highlight historical developments of the office. Along with copiers, chapter 2 focuses on the office machines of the typewriter and the computer from the origins of each to the transition from the typewriter to the computer. The issue of office organization and the status of workers in chapter 3 represents visually and physically the intangible relations of power and authority in the office. Following a description of office workers in chapter 4, chapter 5 discusses office trends of the high security office, new technology, the global office, the portable office, the home office, and future developments. Fifteen poster illustrations of different types of offices and subjects to be used with classroom activities accompany the text. (CK)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Brother International Corp., Somerset, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Note: Separately published 12-page "Teacher's Guide" has been appended. Photographs may not copy well.