Dimensions of Sustainable Diversity in IT: Applications to the IT College Major and Career Aspirations Among Underrepresented High School Students of Color

Dimensions of Sustainable Diversity in IT: Applications to the IT College Major and Career Aspirations Among Underrepresented High School Students of Color

Russell Stockard (California Lutheran University, USA), Ali Akbari (California Lutheran University, USA) and Jamshid Damooei (California Lutheran University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-741-6.ch005
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Abstract

This chapter acknowledges that diversity issues in the IT field go beyond racial and ethnic measures to include disability and age, to name but two of the numerous possibilities, and a global playing field. While the chapter examines the different forces that affect the career aspirations and opportunities of individuals of color, women, the disabled and the young as they make decisions relating to the IT field, it is not fundamentally driven by data, but by a need to develop and expand a definition and the dimensions of diversity. In doing so, we hope to provoke readers to view the issue of diversity and IT from a number of perspectives. We assert that diversity should be viewed globally with the understanding that the globalization process has begun to change the dynamics of the diversification phenomenon. Finally, in an effort to show the impact of career aspirations and what may influence the development of such aspirations among minority and nontraditional students, we report the findings of some studies that have recently been conducted. This study looks at the experiences, opportunities, attitudes and aspirations with respect to mathematics, science, computer science and information technology of underrepresented students in the federally funded Upward Bound and Math/Science Upward Bound programs. We conclude with a brief discussion of the role of social and cultural creativity and innovation, arguing that these are essential components of a notion of sustainable diversity.

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Foreword
Luz Mangurian
Acknowledgments
Goran Trajkovski
Chapter 1
Madhumita Bhattacharya, Lone Jorgensen
This chapter introduces the dimensions of diversity in a cultural context with special reference to IT education. The authors justify that... Sample PDF
Dimensions of Diversity in the IT Classroom Onground and Online
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Chapter 2
John R. Dakers
If a deep and meaningful understanding of Information Technology is to flourish, we need, as educators, to create an ethos in which students can... Sample PDF
Dialectic Argumentation for Promoting Dialogue in IT Education: An Epistemological Framework for Considering the Social Impacts of IT
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Chapter 3
Mary Kirk
Dale Spender compares the contemporary growth of digital information (due to computer technology) with the centuries-old growth of written... Sample PDF
Bridging the Digital Divide: A Feminist Perspective on the Project
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Chapter 4
Peter McKenna
This chapter seeks to examine a theory of gendered styles of programming which is predicated on differences in attitudes toward abstraction and... Sample PDF
Gender and Programming: Mixing the Abstract and the Concrete
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Chapter 5
Russell Stockard, Ali Akbari, Jamshid Damooei
This chapter acknowledges that diversity issues in the IT field go beyond racial and ethnic measures to include disability and age, to name but two... Sample PDF
Dimensions of Sustainable Diversity in IT: Applications to the IT College Major and Career Aspirations Among Underrepresented High School Students of Color
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Chapter 6
Alfreda Dudley-Sponaugle
White males have dominated the computer sciences/technology disciplines since inception. Statistical data have shown that representation of female... Sample PDF
Under-Representation of African American Women Pursuing Higher-Level Degrees in the Computer Science/Technology Fields
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Chapter 7
Shirish Shah, Tracy Miller
One teacher, one mentor, one department…these can make a difference in the success of anyone learning difficult material. This chapter highlights... Sample PDF
Working with Students in Math, Technology, and Sciences for Success: One Faculty Member's Experience
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Chapter 8
Virginia J. Anderson
Assessment is a major focus is higher education; IT faculties and departments are being asked to document quantitatively what students have learned... Sample PDF
Assessing Diversity Issues in Instructional Technology: Strategies that Enhance Student Learning and Generate Outcomes Assessment Data
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Chapter 9
Xristine Faulkner, Mats Daniels, Ian Newman
Modern societies are now beginning to accept that their citizens are diverse but, arguably, have not yet faced up to the challenges of diversity.... Sample PDF
The Open Ended Group Project: A Way of Including Diversity in the IT Curriculum
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Chapter 10
Samuel G. Collins, Goran Trajkovski
Many in IT education—following on more than twenty years of multicultural critique and theory—have integrated “diversity” into their curricula. But... Sample PDF
Attack of the Rainbow Bots: Generating Diversity through Multi-Agent Systems
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Chapter 11
Blaise W. Liffick
This chapter describes how adaptive technology (AT) for the disabled can enhance a computing curriculum. It argues that computer professionals will... Sample PDF
Adaptive Technology in a Computing Curriculum
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Chapter 12
Reza Sarhangi, Gabriele Meiselwitz, Goran Trajkovski
Introducing diversity topics in the natural, mathematical and computer sciences is a hard task, since these disciplines are traditionally labeled as... Sample PDF
Tessellations: A Tool for Diversity Infusions in the Curriculum
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Chapter 13
Goran Trajkovski
In this chapter we offer a flexible training environment and strategies for diversity infusion in the Information Technology curriculum. The chapter... Sample PDF
Training Faculty for Diversity Infusion in the IT Curriculum
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