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Strategies to Support Interest in a CS/IT Career Among Middle School Students

Thursday 2:30pm - 3:00pm, ITP Conference (Room 1 (Designertech))

In most developed countries, the IT sector is unable to attract a sufficient workforce. There are also gender, cultural and socioeconomic inequalities in the workforce. It is uncertain, however, if the educational strategies and initiatives that have been launched lead to a positive change in the sector intake.

This presentation is about a Ph.D. research project that focuses on IT career interest development among middle school students, with the rationale that important aspects of career choice behavior are established in this age group.

As a theoretical research foundation, career choice development theory is used to identify influences that could support IT career interest development.

The practical research component is the development of a technology enhanced learning session about IT-professions, in a research community consisting of middle school students and adults working in the IT-sector. The presentation from the development phase is subsequently presented to research participants, and IT career interest development is measured.


Lars Oliver Dam

Massey University

Lars Oliver Dam has backgrounds both in education and IT.

His first Masters Degree from Roskilde University (Denmark) was in German and Geography, but he has also taught Science, Mathematics and IT.

Further studies include a MEd from Massey University, a GradDipIT and a current PhD research project.