Deferring Social Impact: Conceptions of ICTD and Computing Careers Garrison, Philip Pei, Lucy 2021-12-24T17:25:26Z 2021-12-24T17:25:26Z 2022-01-04
dc.description.abstract This paper contributes to the conversation about undergraduate students' conceptions of computer science (CS) and career pathways. We present a qualitative study of undergraduate involvement on a software research project in the Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) subfield of CS. We analyze interviews with nine students who worked on the project in a capstone course and/or as volunteer research assistants. We contribute (1) a new angle on students' conceptions of CS and the ICTD subfield, which reveals that interest in ``social impact'' motivates their involvement in ICTD, in contrast to a perceived default CS career path at large tech companies; and (2) an articulation of the phenomenon we call \emph{deferring social impact}, which describes student researchers' intentions to eventually find the social impact they desire despite following that default career path.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2022.125
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-5-7
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.subject Industry, Quality, and Social Issues (IQSI)
dc.subject career funneling
dc.subject conceptions of computing
dc.subject ictd
dc.title Deferring Social Impact: Conceptions of ICTD and Computing Careers
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