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Preparing IT Professionals for the Knowledge Economy

Preparing IT Professionals for the Knowledge Economy
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Author(s): Aybuke Aurum (The University of New South Wales, Australia), Meliha Handzic (The University of New South Wales, Australia)and Adrian Gardiner (The University of New South Wales, Australia)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 4
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch094
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


This paper reports the results of an empirical examination of a learning tool aimed at stimulating creative and innovative performance of IT students. The tool is based on a brainstorming method that provides students with external stimuli and exposes them to a large number of ideas over a short period of time. An empirical test was conducted using students from a software development course. The results of this study indicate that application of the tool significantly improves participants’ creative performance. In particular, interaction with the tool resulted in a significant increase in the originality of ideas generated without affecting their relevance and workability.

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