In a bid to encourage US students to consider computer science studies, stakeholders emphasize more on skills than career paths. This often causes quite a number of students to shy away from STEM courses. This is according to a study by Couragion and based on data from 3,612 students.
Currently, the US public education system has focused on learning and developing skills on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Additionally, when computer science studies are offered in K-12 schools, they focus on robotics, programming, coding and the like.
However, despite efforts to lure students into computer science studies, most are shying away from CS. Especially women, Native Americans, Hispanics, and African Americans.
So, why are the aforementioned groups still skeptical? Because the system focuses more on skills rather than on career paths.
The study funded by Oracle Academy found out that:
- Exposing girls to robotics does not encourage them to pursue CS, in fact, it alienates them.
- There are few job opportunities in the robotics industry. As such, teachers should consider using robotics to teaching coding in classes.
- A huge percentage of students leaving CS programs focused on programming and software development gave a negative review of the career path.
The study ought to be an eye-opener for stakeholders and come up with a curriculum that focuses more on a career path. Stakeholders should realize that students care about their future, who they will work for and the work environment.
As such, skill development will not be a bother as long as it is aligned with his or her future career. Focusing on CS career path will ignite the imagination of many and we are poised to see more women and minorities embrace CS.