Diversity in Uniform: An Approach To Teaching Introductory Information Technology

Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Publication Date


Publication Title

Spring 2007 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

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Conference Proceeding


In a school where every single student dresses exactly the same as every other student every day, often called the “sea of gray”, where each person learns to sit, stand and walk exactly the same way and each will participate in the same summer jobs, and where all graduates will be hired to work by the same organization in essentially the same job, diversity couldn't be an issue, could it? When every student in each incoming class receives exactly the same computer system and takes exactly the same introductory technology course, Information Technology education is anything but diverse, or is it? While the students, called cadets, all dress exactly the same, they offer a wonderfully rich and diverse population, both in their culture and in their familiarity with and knowledge of information systems.

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