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Recommended Citation: Saunders, M L and D S Hunsinger.  Encouraging Students to Choose a Computer-related Major: the Influence of Guidance Counselors.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2008, v 25 (Phoenix): §2532. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 6(49). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
 
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Encouraging Students to Choose a Computer-related Major: the Influence of Guidance Counselors

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Refereed7 pages
Matthew L. Saunders    [a1] [a2]
Department of Computer Information Systems
Appalachian State University    [u1] [u2]
Boone, North Carolina, USA    [c1] [c2]

D. Scott Hunsinger    [a1] [a2]
Department of Computer Information Systems
Appalachian State University    [u1] [u2]
Boone, North Carolina, USA    [c1] [c2]

High school guidance counselors influence studentsí decisions concerning which area to major in upon entering college. Even though guidance counselors can influence studentsí decisions about choosing a major, many guidance counselors lack knowledge about the opportunities available in information systems (IS). This study captures quantitative and qualitative data from interviews to gain a better understanding of why guidance counselors may or may not encourage students to major in computer-related areas. It also provides suggestions for future research.

Keywords: Guidance counselors, computer majors, computer information systems, IS workers

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