Technology Literacy Is An Growing Concern For Adults Essay

980 WordsOct 24, 20164 Pages
Introduction Education in the 21st Century is based on the acquisition of information or skills, and according to (Blank) one of the main concerns for the adult student is that they want their education to be applicable to their everyday life; which includes their job. According to projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by the year 2016 more than 70% of all jobs in the U.S. will require some amount of technology skill (Ball 2011). Consequently, technology literacy is an growing concern for adults in the United States. Looking closer at the adult student in the U.S., there is a growing population of students who are English language learner; specifically hispanic americans. Statistics (Census,2000) report that of the 262 million people in the United States age five and older, nearly 18 percent speak a language other than English at home. This represents almost 47 million people and for nearly two-thirds of those 47 million, the language spoken at home is Spanish. Now many of those millions of adults are seeking or will be seeking to improve their English language skills in order to improve their job advancement. According to Yang (2005) for these hispanics who are not fluent in English, in particular, those who speak Spanish at home earned only 70.26 percent of the income of their coworkers who use English both at work and at home. Therefore, in order to prepare our adult hispanic students for jobs, both technologically and communicatively, we need to investigate if
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