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Personality type, career preference and implications for computer science recruitment and teaching

Personality type, career preference and implications for computer science recruitment and teaching,10.1145/289393.289416,Joy Teague

Personality type, career preference and implications for computer science recruitment and teaching   (Citations: 21)
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The aims of the paper are to identify Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality attributes of computing professionals that are best suited to three major subtasks of computing — system analysis, system design and programming and to confirm the validity of the attributes for computing professionals. The MBTI categorises individuals on four pairs of personality characteristics: extraversion/introversion, sensing/ intuition, thinking/feeling and judging/perceiving, giving sixteen possible personality types. The existing literature indicates that just two of these sixteen personality types account for more than a third of computing professionals. Consideration of the tasks of computing professionals today suggests that a much broader range of personality types is required. Preferred types are suggested for each of the major subtasks of system analysis, system design and programming. A study of 38 computing professionals tends to confirm that computing professionals with a preference for one of the subtasks do have characteristics suggested for that subtask. The implications of these findings for the recruitment and retention of students are discussed.
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    • ...2 Despite emerging opportunities and a growing need for qualified IT people in Ireland and globally, students are not signing up for undergraduate programmes in computer science [1], [2], [3]...

    Clare Mcinerney. Having Fun with Computer Programming and Games: Teacher and Student Ex...

    • ...Information technology programs should aim to produce graduates who can fill the varied entry level positions available in today’s workspace and the senior level positions that will be available in the future [61]...
    • ...Different computing tasks require different skills and individuals with particular personality types will be better suited to solve those problems [61]...

    Dallas K. Cecil. Personality types of IT professors

    • ...A number of studies have examined the role of the personality characteristics of ICT employees and students (Rosenbloom & Ash, 2005; Teague, 1998)...
    • ...Teague (1998) used the Myer-Briggs Indicator and matched the personality type of ICT professionals with their stated preference for work as analysts, designers, or programmers...
    • ...Indeed, some of the attributes that are deemed important for more technical people are related to order, predictability, and structure (Skowronski, 2004; Teague, 1998; Wynekoop & Walz, 1999)...

    Glen L. Van Der Vyver. The Search for the Adaptable ICT Student

    • ...The quote in the preceding paragraph connects to Teague's review [13] of the literature regarding the frequencies of personality types among computing professionals...

    Gloria Childress Townsend. Using a groupware system in CS1 to engage introverted students

    • ...Whereas most works deal with what personal characteristics of the participants influence development success rather than with the team issue (Hardiman 1997; Teague 1998), some address personality aspects as related to the team...

    Silvia Teresita Acuñaet al. Towards understanding the relationship between team climate and softwa...

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