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Changing Times: The Status Of Computing Education In The United States

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Computing Curriculum

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Information Systems

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11.320.1 - 11.320.10



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Barry Lunt Brigham Young University

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Barry M. Lunt is an Associate Professor of Information Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Dr. Lunt received a B.S. and an M.S. degree in EET from BYU, and a Ph.D. in Occupational and Adult Education from Utah State University in Logan, UT. He has spent seven years in industry as a design engineer, and 19 years in engineering technology education. His present research emphases are the physical design of electronic circuits and systems, IT curriculum, and engineering technology education.

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Joseph Ekstrom Brigham Young University

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Joseph J. Ekstrom (Ph. D. Computer Science, BYU 1992) has been Associate Professor of Information Technology at BYU since 2001. During 30 years of industrial experience he held positions from developer through senior management. His research interests include network and systems management, distributed computing, system modeling and architecture, system development, and IT curriculum and instruction.

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Changing Times: The Status of Computing Education in the United States Abstract

The past several decades have seen the emergence of the computer and its pervasive integration into the developed world. Computers have evolved dramatically, and now can be found in nearly everything electrical. The early 1990s saw the explosive growth in the use of the Internet. These dramatic technological changes in our society demanded knowledgeable professionals and associated academic disciplines to prepare them, which gave rise first to computer science and information systems programs, starting in the early 1960s. More recently, this continued integration of computing into the fabric of society has given rise to academic programs in computer engineering, software engineering, and information technology.

Each of these disciplines has completed a formal curriculum definition and has also participated in a task force to define these five computing disciplines with respect to each other. This paper provides an overview of these efforts.

Lunt, B., & Ekstrom, J. (2006, June), Changing Times: The Status Of Computing Education In The United States Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--558

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