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Recommended Citation: McCoy, R.  General Knowledge Needed by Information Systems Educators in 2001.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2001, v 18 (Cincinnati): §37b.

General Knowledge Needed by Information Systems Educators in 2001

Randall McCoy    [a1] [a2]
Information Systems Department
Morehead State University    [u1] [u2]
Morehead, Kentucky, USA    [c1] [c2]

The problem that this study dealt with was the lack of research conducted to determine the computer competencies needed by information systems educators in the year 2001. This study used a Delphi instrument to determine the general needs for the preparation of computer technology competencies of information systems educators for the 21st century. Twenty-three experts nominated by the National Association for Business Teacher Education (NABTE) contributed to the data. The study consisted of three rounds of a Delphi instrument transmitted over the Internet telecommunications network. An instrument was developed from the responses generated by the first round, the second round involved rating the statements, and the third round was used to determine consensus on items. The findings of this study present a list of competencies consensus of experts in business teacher education who identified needs for the year 2001. Findings and conclusions of the study include statements about computer competencies that may be included in business teacher education curriculum related to information systems. This paper presents one part of the findings of the study, particularly those dealing with the "general knowledge" about computers. Of the twenty-three competencies identified, nine received scores indicating that the panel judged that these items were very important; eleven items were rated as important; and one item was rated as being moderately important.

Keywords: computer education, information systems education, Delphi, competencies, general knowledge, IS education

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