Factors influencing the decision to choose information technology preparatory studies in secondary schools: an exploratory study in regional/rural Australia

Van Der Vyver, Glen and Crabb, Debbie and Lane, Michael S. (2004) Factors influencing the decision to choose information technology preparatory studies in secondary schools: an exploratory study in regional/rural Australia. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 1. pp. 729-739. ISSN 1547-5840

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[Abstract]: The career paths of students are influenced and shaped by the subject choices that are made in the final years of secondary schooling. This paper presents the findings of an empirical study that identified the key factors influencing the decision of rural / regional Australian students to choose or not choose to study Information Processing and Technology. The findings revealed that career oriented, extrinsic factors play an important role in motivating the selection of I.P.T. at school and, by implication, information technology at university. There are few apparent gender differences but there is limited evidence to suggest that males may be more influenced by extrinsic motivators and females by intrinsic motivators. Although the factors used in the study were initially identified largely via informal processes, they all appear to influence the decision to take I.P.T. The focus on career-related factors and the instrumentality of taking I.P.T. could explain the drop-off in students taking the subject. This has potentially significant implications as regards the future supply of good information technology professionals


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher - free access publication.
Depositing User: Dr Michael Lane
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:20
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: IT education; skills shortage; high school subject choice; IT careers
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080607 Information Engineering and Theory
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3077

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