Journal of the Japanese Society for Technology Education

Number 3
Volume 39


Senior High School Information Literacy - Comparing the Content Emphasized in the Textbooks with the Content Valued by Industry

I conducted a survey of 152 companies in the Kinki region, where Osaka high school graduates work. The purpose was to determine the status of computer literacy education in the high school curriculum as defined by the new national course of study guidelines. The survey focused on computer-related skills and knowledge as applies to high school students. As a result, I found that the use of practical computer skills such as word processing is more important in industry than programming skills. I also reviewed high school textbooks and found that the textbooks on "information processing" emphasized programming while being less concerned with computer use in industry.

Key words :computer literacy, high school computer education, fundamentals of information science and technology