Connecting with the Y Generation: an analysis of factors associated with the academic performance of foundation IS students

Genrich, Rohan and Roberts, Dave and Cater-Steel, Aileen and Low, Ee Kuan (2004) Connecting with the Y Generation: an analysis of factors associated with the academic performance of foundation IS students. In: 2004 Informing Science + Information Technology Education Joint Conference (InSITE 2004), 25-28 June 2004, Rockhampton, Queensland.

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[Abstract]: A strategy to overcome challenges associated with teaching a foundation Information Systems (IS) course to large cohorts of Business students has been highly successful. To further refine the strategy, a survey was conducted to better understand attitudes and computer experience of the students. This study revealed that factors such as gender, age, study mode, type of secondary school attended, level of previous computing studies, perceived knowledge, frequency of use and attitudes towards using computers did not predict academic performance. Academic performance and characteristics of students belonging to the Y Generation were also compared with those of the Older Generation. Differences between these generations were found to exist in relation to perceived knowledge, level of previous computing studies, and experience of formal computing studies. It is imperative that educators be aware of the characteristics of the growing Y Generation students. This research has raised critical curriculum issues for the development of foundation IS pedagogy.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with blanket permission of publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Aileen Cater-Steel
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2009 23:37
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: IS education; Y Generation; mature age students; empirical study; academic performance Determinants
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150302 Business Information Systems
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5707

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