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ERIC Number: EJ1146952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun-21
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
Piltdown Man or Inconvenient Truth? A Two-Year Study of Student Perceptions about Computing
Battig, Michael E.
Information Systems Education Journal, v8 n33 Jun 2010
Survey results from a two year project are presented. The survey instruments were developed through review of the literature involving similar studies of student perceptions and with the assistance of social scientists. The study includes both high school and college student perceptions of computing. The survey also contrasts student perceptions of "Computer Science" versus "Information Technology." The results show that little difference exists between college and high school students' perceptions. We suggest appropriate action items based on this and similar research coupled with a warning to avoid jumping to hasty conclusions based on empirical research where the numbers may not tell the whole story, i.e., avoid the embarrassment of the Piltdown Man fiasco from an earlier century.
Information Systems and Computing Academic Professionals. Box 488, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 0123198; 0806962