Stretching Horizons: Stimulating Information Technology Education

By Myungsook Klassen, Russell Stockard, Ali Akbari and Jamshid Damooei.

Published by The Technology Collection

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A study to find out why a relatively few number of minority students choose to study computer science when they enter college.

Keywords: Underrepresented Minority, Information Technology, Digital Divide, Pipeline Concept, Social Cognition Theory, Status Attainment Model, Socioeconomic Status

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.115-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.061MB).

Dr. Myungsook Klassen

Dr. Myungsook Klassen worked as a computer programmer before she joined the academia 16 years ago. She is currently the director of the graduate program in computer science. Her recent research interest is under-represented minorities in IT field and finished one project funded by NSF.

Dr. Russell Stockard

Dr. Stockard has a joint appointment from Communication Department and School of Business. His research is in Popular cultural studies, information and communication technologies, Consumer behaviour, environmental communication, peace media, Caribbean and Latin American Studies. He was the pricinpal investigator for the NSF project “Stretching horizons.”

Dr. Ali Akbari

Dr. Akbari is a full-time professor and is the director of the “Center for Economic Research” at CLU. He received the NSF grant to research the minority issues in the IT field. His research is in Urban Planning and Regional Economics, with an emphasis in Quantitative Methods.

Jamshid Damooei

Economic research with special emphasis on international economics, industrial organization and development economics is Dr. Damooei's subject of choice. As the former director general of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance in Iran, and later as a senior economist of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), he conducted a number of studies on the economies of developing countries such as Iran, Somalia and countries in the Horn of Africa. Dr. Damooei has travelled widely and is an international consultant for the UNDP.


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