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The effects of microelectronics on employment and education

Speirs, James Duncan (1984) The effects of microelectronics on employment and education. Masters thesis, Durham University.



This dissertation is an argument for simultaneous, radical and innovative technological and attitudinal change. Attitudinal change is dependent upon the qualitative and quantitative persuasive effectiveness of those regrettably. few academics, trade unionists, journalists and hopefully some politicians who actually believe that the development of an activity/leisure/play ethos is not only feasible but extremely desirable. This treatise is intended to enhance the two-fold argument for change by persuasive advocacy, evidential illustration and by promoting further, extensive and lively discussion. The thesis is divided into 3 principal sections: historical-contemporary, contemporary and contemporary-futuristic analyses; these sections are in turn sub-divided into a series of individual chapters. Section 1: A Historical-Contemporary Perspective considers the history of automata, microelectronics and work in order to (a) set in context and (b) trace the development of microelectronic technology and the concomitant opportunity for change. Section 2: A Contemporary Perspective - Chapter 4: The Microelectronic Technology Employment Debate examines the fundamental, argument as to whether or not microelectronics can create as many jobs as it destroys. Chapter 5: discusses my own case study research which focuses upon north eastern office complexes (from various administrative/executive/clerical sectors) particularly susceptible to computerised automation. Section 3: A Contemporary-Futuristic Perspective - Chapter 6: reviews the current state of school computerisation. Chapter 7: looks at the author's research into primary and secondary schools. Chapter 8: argues for the development of a massive computerised/microelectronic orientated education industry incorporating a comprehensive range of subjects and activities. A re-definition of what we mean by traditional education. An education industry for anyone to learn about anything. Chapter 9: continues this theme and argues for a radical re-definition of our traditional concept of work and leisure; and proposes a revolutionary solution to the unemployment problem.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Thesis Date:1984
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:15 Jul 2013 14:43

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