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Inclination of scholars to major in information systems or computer science

dc.contributor.authorSeymour, Lisa
dc.identifier.citationSeymour, L., Hart, M., Haralamous, P., Natha, T., & Weng, C. W. (2004, October). Inclination of scholars to major in information systems or computer science. In Proceedings of the 2004 annual research conference of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists on IT research in developing countries (pp. 97-106). South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologists.
dc.description.abstractThis paper describes a survey of 497 final year scholars at schools in the Western Cape, South Africa. They were asked about their inclination to study information systems (IS) or computer science (CS), their knowledge of the areas, and their opinions of salaries and job opportunities. Unlike much past research, significantly more interest came from those previously ‘deprived’ in the IT area. Those from schools previously disadvantaged by the apartheid school system and without access to computer or Internet access at home were more inclined to study CS or IS. These categories also expressed most optimism about IT job prospects and starting salaries, as did female scholars. Perceptions of the activities of IS students were far less accurate than of CS students. Males were more predisposed to study IS than females, and black students and those without school computer access favoured CS. Possible reasons for this are discussed.
dc.sourceSouth African Computer Journal
dc.subject.otherEducation, learning
dc.titleInclination of scholars to major in information systems or computer science
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Scienceen_ZA
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Computer Scienceen_ZA

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