June 22, 2008
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Educational Research and Methods
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essential in a program that had few to no majors at any given time to tutor students. 4) Incorporating career development, such as resume, portfolio and evaluations, explicitly into the lessons to prepare students for obtaining, securing, and succeeding in a job or computer-based career.
Seventy-five percent of the study participants worked or are currently working in an Information Technology (IT) related position. They cited the above four elements as invaluable for their initial employment and continued success.
PCM guided our curriculum development to ensure that all aspects necessary for a well-educated student were addressed. This model was originally developed for gifted and talented education. However, it shows promise for technical curricula that prepare students with the essential skills needed to succeed in industry and that awaken interest and excitement about computer science, a field that is quickly losing students, particularly women.
Insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. ~ Diamond commercial
1.1 National Crisis: Computing Expertise Needed
In 2006, the National Center for Women and Information Technology reported that only 50% of the 1,000,000 additional computer and information-related jobs anticipated by 2014 will be filled by U.S. computer science bachelor’s students.7 As Caroline Simard, a research associate for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology reports, “Despite popular beliefs about the impact of offshoring on hi-tech jobs, numbers show that the demand for high-level high-tech jobs such as software engineers have increased since 2000.” 10, p. 1
These institutions, along with others, advocate recruiting women as an untapped source of talent. With fewer girls choosing CS and fewer women completing computer-related degrees6, this may seem like a long shot. Still, a successful investment strategy may involve both long-term strategies (with a focus on girls) and short- to mid-term strategies. The latter requires giving women an educational foundation that allows them to enter computer-related professions after completing a college degree that may not be in CS.
Doing this would open more doors since women often choose a computer-related education later in life. To many, computers are more of “an ‘acquired taste’ that emerges over time. … [T]hey may come to computing at a later stage in their education, perhaps after having majored in some other discipline.” 3, p. 3 Women who have taken at least some CS courses have an easier time following this path later in their education. Thus, one way to approach the impending crisis is to “sow seeds” by encouraging women to take more CS courses, whether or not they plan on making it their major.
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