Improving IT Education Through Leadership Development

Mohammed Lahkim, Gregory James Skulmoski, Russell Bruhn

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Abstract

This paper investigates the integration of leadership training into IT curricula to develop current and future skills needed by the IT job market. The technical and non-technical skills required for IT professionals are presented and a conceptual model for including leadership training in technical courses is outlined.To implement this model, we adopted the Problem-Based Learning approach to teach an IT course. Qualitative and quantitative data were gathered through a survey from 52 undergraduate students in the College of Information Technology at Zayed University. Our results show that our adopted approach was successful in teaching IT skills as well as developing leadership skills. Given these findings, we highlight the importance and feasibility of integrating leadership development on a daily basis within technical courses to develop both the technical and non-technical skills required by the job market.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalLearning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE)
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

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