Emerging Uses of Computers for Education: An Overview of Tools and Issues for Vocational Educators

M. Lewis

As American industry adapts to a more variable and competitive world market, employees are being required to learn new skills. The American Society for Training and Development predicts that, by the year 2000, seventy-five percent of workers currently employed will need retraining. Many corporations and the military are placing increased reliance on advanced technologies, including computers, to help train employees. However, there is limited use of these tools in the domain of public vocational education, due in part to limited funding, and a lack of appropriate expertise in the vocational education community. This report explores feedback from a sample of vocational educators, which indicates that computers could, in fact, be very helpful in vocational education, if the barriers preventing their use were addressed.

MDS-151 / September 1992

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