Increasing the quality and quantity of tertiary-level information systems students : a graduate development framework

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dc.contributor.author Breytenbach, Johan
dc.contributor.author De Villiers, Carina
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-22T06:28:10Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-22T06:28:10Z
dc.date.issued 2015-02
dc.description.abstract This article forms part of research-in-progress aimed toward creating a comprehensive graduate development framework that will assist Information Systems (IS) departments in increasing the quality and quantity of their enrollments and graduates. In this article, we present the IS Graduate Development Framework (ISGDF). This framework combines concepts from four related fields of IS study into a single framework for identifying the graduate development potential of IS institutions, courses, and development projects. These four fields of study are: (i) Information and Communication Technology for Development, (ii) economic labor market theory that relates to IS labor, (iii) a study of IS education concepts and course structures, and (iv) a study of IS labor within the creative industries. We present the ISGDF based on literature from these fields of study and show how this framework can be applied by means of a comprehensive case study example. The case study gives a detailed account of how the framework was used to identify, and improve, the graduate development potential of an IS graduate development project. Findings from the case study include several areas for possible improvement of IS curricula to increase the graduate development potential of IS departments. Although the case study was conducted in a South African context, we suggest that the ISGDF, and case study findings report in this article, can be useful for informing IS departments toward increasing graduate quality and quantity in their own contexts. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-08-30 en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Department of Communication,via the e-Skills Institute. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/titd20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Johan Breytenbach & Carina De Villiers (2015) Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Tertiary-Level Information Systems Students: A Graduate Development Framework, Information Technology for Development, 21:2, 178-195, DOI:10.1080/02681102.2013.874318 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0268-1102 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1554-0170 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/02681102.2013.874318
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/45228
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014 Commonwealth Secretariat. This is an electronic version of an article published in Information Technology for Development, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 178-195, 2015. doi : I10.1080/02681102.2013.874318. Information Technology for Development is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.comloi/titd20 en_ZA
dc.subject IS education en_ZA
dc.subject ICT labor en_ZA
dc.subject Human capital en_ZA
dc.subject Mobile application development en_ZA
dc.subject Graduate development framework en_ZA
dc.subject Information systems (IS) en_ZA
dc.subject Information and communication technology for development (ICT4D) en_ZA
dc.subject Information and communication technologies (ICTs) en_ZA
dc.title Increasing the quality and quantity of tertiary-level information systems students : a graduate development framework en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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