ERIC Number: ED414359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Latinos and Information Technology. Perspectives for the 21st Century.
Wilhelm, Tony; Rood, Justin, E.
Data from the Current Population Surveys of the U.S. Census were used to construct this report on the access to and use of computers and information technology by the Hispanic population of the United States. The report explores four main issues, each of which is being transformed by innovations in information technology. The first issue considered is that of employment. Computer literacy is rapidly becoming a prerequisite for employability. Latinos lag behind society as a whole in using computers on the job, a reality that increases the prospects for technological obsolescence and potential unemployment. In the second issue, education, a look at the country as a whole shows that currently, about one Latino child in two uses a computer in school, signaling an opportunity for underserved groups to develop the skills they will need in a 21st century economy. Computers in the home is another area of concern. As of 1993, only about one Latino household in eight had access to a home computer, about half the figure for non-Hispanic Whites. Low educational attainment, high poverty, and lower skill occupational status contribute to explaining why Latinos are lagging behind society in gaining access to the information highway. A final issue considered is that of computer-mediated public life. By the year 2000, about 75% of all federal and state services will be processed electronically. Without public and private points of access, many Latinos could be further marginalized from public life. (Contains 7 figures, 6 tables, and 29 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Census Figures, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Attainment, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Qualifications, Hispanic Americans, Information Technology, Poverty, Technological Advancement
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: GTE Foundation, Stamford, CT.
Authoring Institution: Tomas Rivera Center, Claremont, CA.