ERIC Number: EJ1145434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Developing E-Government Coursework through the NASPAA Competencies Framework
McQuiston, James M.; Manoharan, Aroon P.
Teaching Public Administration, v35 n2 p173-189 Jul 2017
Information technology (IT) is often less emphasized in coursework related to public administration education, despite the growing need for technological capabilities in those joining the public sector workforce. This coupled with a lesser emphasis on e-government/IT skills by accreditation standards adds to the widening gap between theory and practice in the field. This study examines the emphasis placed on e-government/IT concepts in Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs, either through complete course offerings or through related courses such as public management, strategic planning, performance measurement and organization theory. Based on a content analysis of their syllabi, the paper analyzes the extent to which the IT/e-government courses in MPA/Master of Public Policy programs address the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration competency standards, and further discuss the orientation of the courses with two of the competencies: management and policy. Specifically, are e-government/IT courses more management-oriented or policy-oriented? Do public management, strategic planning, performance measurement, and organization theory courses address IT concerns?
Descriptors: Information Technology, Public Administration Education, Minimum Competencies, Curriculum Development, Public Policy, Masters Programs, Academic Standards, Skill Analysis, Technological Literacy, Achievement Gap, Governance, Social Media, Course Descriptions, Strategic Planning, Trend Analysis, Organizational Theories, Performance
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