Citizen in a changing Information society
The Information Society, from our point of view, means a society where:
- there is a great quantity and variety of technological means to send and receive information
- citizens receive multiple information displayed in different and changing ways and have to take decisions from this information
In this society, scientific and technological information plays an important role. It is necessary for all citizens to be able to:
- master, as users, different technological means: computers with different software, internet communications, videoscope, etc.
- command the domain of different ways to present messages and the domain of reading the information given in a message.
That implies a citizen education according to these objectives, and those, an improved teacher education.
This proposal is addressed to contribute to the mastery of citizens of the information society giving them the opportunity to assimilate the informations that arrive in many different ways. We envisage a society where individuals have a position of mastery in relation to the use of information means and a mastery of the process of gathering/collecting information to take decisions.
Three relevant key ideas inform the Project rationale:
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- Information has to be understood.Many research studies show that the understanding of relations amongst the different types of information provided is crucial in what is learned. The understanding of content is only part of mastering information; it is also necessary to be able to deal with many types and sources of information and to become agile in adapting to and incorporating innovation.
- Information is always transformed by the receiver.The act of understanding is always transformative, as information is selected, prioritised, interpreted, and decisions based on it are taken and acted upon. It is crucial to analyse such transformations when they have to do with the implementation of educational innovation. Trends of transformation have to be compared between countries, to decide which are context dependent and which are general.
- Information means have to be commanded.To be able to learn from interpreted information mastery of computer-based tools representing and transmitting information is essential. Basic scientific education is a privileged context to achieve this goal.