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... Between those who search aggressively for opportunities to learn more about information technology and those who choose not to learn anything at all about information technology, there are many who recognize the potential value of information technology for their everyday lives and who realize that a better understanding of information technology will be helpful to them. This realization is based on several factors: · Information technology has entered our lives over a relatively brief period of time with little warning and essentially no formal educational preparation for most people.
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... entails a process of lifelong learning in which individuals continually apply what they know to adapt to change and acquire more knowledge to be more effective at applying information technology to their work and personal lives. Fluency with information technology requires three kinds of knowledge: contemporary skills, foundational concepts, and intellectual capabilities.
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... The skills, linked closely to today's computer usage, will change over time, but the concepts and capabilities are timeless. Concepts, capabilities, and skills the three different types of knowledge of FITness occupy separate dimensions, implying that a particular activity involving information technology will involve elements of each type of knowledge.
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... In summary, FIT individuals, those who know a starter set of information technology skills, who understand the basic concepts on which information technology is founded, and who have engaged in the higherlevel thinking embodied in the intellectual capabilities, should use information technology confidently, should come to work ready to learn new business systems quickly and use them effectively, should be able to apply information technology to personally relevant problems, and should be able to adapt to the inevitable change as information technology evolves over their lifetime. To be FIT is to possess knowledge essential to using information technology now and in the future.

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