ERIC Number: ED427783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
At the Heart of Evolving Literacy: A Framework for Action.
Ernst, Martin L.
This report is concerned with information, technology, education, and literacy and with the dynamics that interrelate them. The report reviews and clarifies how the dynamics operate, examines many of their consequences, and suggests some kinds of actions that may prove necessary for both individuals and organizations to survive successfully in the emerging information environment. The main themes of the report include the following: The range of uses of personal computers and related systems will continue to expand for at least several decades, and the importance of their roles in essentially all information activities will continue to increase. Both people and organizations will continue to encounter difficult new problems in managing information resources in the face of potential overloads of many kinds; both computer skills and knowledge of subject underlying many kinds of applications will be required. Instead of developing long-range plans based on detailed forecasts of the future information environment, short-range (2-4 years), incremental, action-oriented plans may be more appropriate if guided by a long-range vision. Possibilities exist for extensive and better use of computers as aids in efforts to lighten some of the major work overloads faced. Computer skills are well on the way to becoming a key component of literacy in the future. Seven figures and tables provide further information throughout the text. Includes a list of acronyms. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Center for Information Policy Research.