Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 17

Volume 17 Number 4, Pages 449-458

Winter 2006


Student Perceptions of Diversity Issues in IT


Amy Woszczynski
Martha Myers

Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA 30144, USA

Janette Moody
The Citadel
Charleston, SC 29409, USA

Abstract: This study examines student perceptions regarding the desirability of diversity in the IT workplace. Several diversity variables were included: age, disability status, ethnicity, and gender. Participants included upper division students with declared majors in IT fields, as well as upper division students enrolled in an Accounting Information Systems course. We analyzed their perceptions in relation to diversity, along with distinguishing factors influencing the choice ofIT as a career. We administered the Diversity Perceptions Inventory (DPI) to 162 undergraduate students from three institutions. Using multivariate analysis of variance, we found no significant differences in a number of areas: gender, age, work experience, disability status. We did find significant differences in perceptions based on ethnicity (p < 0.05), as well as differences based on college major (p<0.05). The paper concludes with recommendations and implications.

Keywords: Diversity, Ethnicity, Gender, Age, Disability status, IT careers

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Recommended Citation: Woszczynski, A., Myers, M., & Moody, J. (2006). Student Perceptions of Diversity Issues in IT. Journal of Information Systems Education, 17(4), pp. 449-458.