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End user computing at a South African Technikon: Enabling disadvantaged students to meet employers’ requirements
In terms of the number of end-users of information technology (IT), there has been tremendous growth and an increasing awareness that successful management of end-users is of enormous strategic value to the organisation in which they function. For developing countries like South Africa it is imperative for economic survival that there be a body of workers with sufficient skills in the use of IT to enable the country to participate in the global economy. Thus it is not sufficient for end-users to be equipped with a working knowledge of the currently popular IT application packages only, they need to be educated to become informed and innovative users of knowledge who have the ability to recognise and seize strategic advantage at whatever level they work within the economy. Institutions like the Technikon commit a large percentage of their capital and human resources to the training of computer end-users, and it is imperative that the courses they offer be evaluated as to their effectiveness in producing innovative end-users, and that they be improved upon or restructured if necessary.
Manning, Sabine; Raffe, David (eds.). 2000. VETNET ECER 2000 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/vet/ecer00.htm].