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ERIC Number: EJ1135669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
Use of Failure in IS Development Statistics: Lessons for IS Curriculum Design
Longenecker, Herbert H., Jr.; Babb, Jeffry; Waguespack, Leslie; Tastle, William; Landry, Jeff
Information Systems Education Journal, v14 n5 p44-61 Sep 2016
The evolution of computing education reflects the history of the professional practice of computing. Keeping computing education current has been a major challenge due to the explosive advances in technologies. Academic programs in Information Systems, a long-standing computing discipline, develop and refine the theory and practice of computing appropriate to professional practice. As the computing professions advance, so too does our conceptualization and design of curricula in information systems. Subsequently, our organizing bodies (i.e. DPMA, AITP, AIS, ACM, etc.) coordinate and cooperate in the development of curricular guidelines and models. These models serve to establish shared core and methodology among practitioners and educators. This paper presents the case that there are lessons in the history of the computing fields--particularly among the system development failures--that can inform the design of curricula aimed at preparing computing students for professional practice. Given the repetitive nature of many of these failures, we posit that failures can shed light into the "dark places," and, with care, illuminate the essential nature of the information systems discipline and the body of knowledge and skill sets essential to our educational task.
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Language: English
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