Education for human-centred systems

  • M. J. E. Cooley


Technological change, in both the fields of skilled manual and intellectual work, displays a strong tendency toward de-skilling. This is already evident in the case of CADCAM. It will be counterproductive in the long term to accept CAD education as merely teaching operators to use such equipment.

It is argued that possibilities exist to design systems which are human-centred and which enhance skill. Examples are provided in respect of NC machine tools and CAD systems. It will be necessary to ‘educate the educators’ in the nature and potential of these alternative systems.


Machine Tool Tacit Knowledge Shop Floor Tool Motion Intellectual Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. E. Cooley
    • 1
  1. 1.Slough, BerksUK

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