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Recommended Citation: Woratschek, C R and T L Lenox.  Student Attitudes and Perceptions Regarding Computing and its Related Disciplines.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2007, v 24 (Pittsburgh): §3522. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 7(58). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Student Attitudes and Perceptions Regarding Computing and its Related Disciplines

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Refereed20 pages
Charles R. Woratschek    [a1] [a2]
Department of Computer Information Systems
Robert Morris University    [u1] [u2]
Moon Township, Pennsylvania, USA    [c1] [c2]

Terri L. Lenox    [a1] [a2]
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Westminster College    [u1] [u2]
New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, USA    [c1] [c2]

Declining enrollments in the computer-related disciplines continues to be problem. To help determine the reasons for this continued decline, first-year students were surveyed. The survey collected data about: 1) the factors that were used to select a college major, 2) why or why not the student picked a major in a computer-related field, 3) the studentís high school guidance counseling experience both in general and in regard to computer-related fields, and 4) perceptions regarding the computing field in general.

Keywords: computer careers, declining enrollment in computer careers, student perceptions of computer careers

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