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ERIC Number: EJ990468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1547-9714
Impacting Student Perceptions about Careers in Information Systems
Walstrom, Kent A.; Schambach, Thomas P.
Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, v11 p235-248 2012
A shortage of graduates prepared to fill the available jobs in Information Systems remains. Previous studies have verified the shortage and attempted to explain why students do not major in Information Technology related fields. Since prior studies identified lack of awareness regarding the discipline as a major reason in ignoring the major, the purpose of this study is to determine if reading an article about the work of a requirements analyst would positively impact the perceptions of student respondents about careers in Information Systems. It was found that perceptions about careers in Information Systems related fields can be improved by exposing students to the work-life activities of Information Systems professionals. Using a pretest/posttest experimental design, perceptions regarding careers in IS were collected before and after students read Karl Wiegers' article "So You Want to be a Requirements Analyst?" Posttest findings indicate statistically significant positive changes in participant's perceptions about careers in Information Systems related fields, especially related to Systems Analysts roles. (Contains 5 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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