Studies in the Field of Computing from a Sociological Point of View: The Case of Greek Universities before the Onset of the Financial Crisis

By Gerasimos Koustourakis and Anna Assimaki.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The age of globalization is closely associated with the society of knowledge and information. In this context, the need of the citizens to be technologically literate in order to be able to respond to the rapid and multidimensional changes occurring in the social and economic reality is indispensable at the national and international levels. This entails that university studies in the academic field of information and communication technologies (ICT) attract the interest of a great number of people, because these studies are associated with the satisfaction of the needs and demands of the work force in the contemporary age of post-modernity. This paper is a sociological approach and interpretation of the flow of university studies in Greece in the field of computing at the end of the first decade of the year 2000, and just before the economic crisis remarkably influenced the social and financial life of the country with unpredictable consequences in the relation between university degrees and the work force. Specifically, we will be occupied with the approach of the following questions. In the field of computing, is the grouping of the departments formed according to their scientific specialization and their high or low demand on the basis of the students’ earned grade in the National Entrance Examinations in them? What is the effect of the gender variable in the realization of the undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the field of computing in the case of Greek universities? Is the students’ choice of departments of high demand determined by the economic and cultural capital of their families in relation to the earned high grade requirement?

Keywords: Greece, Computer Science, Informatics, Computer Engineering, Sociological Approach, Gender, Cultural Capital, Economic Capital

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 263.125KB).

Dr. Gerasimos Koustourakis

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Dr. Gerasimos S. Koustourakis is an assistant professor in the sociology of education in the Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education, University of Patras, Panepistimioupoli, Patras, Greece. He is a tutor in the postgraduate studies programme, Studies in Education, in the Faculty of Humanities of Hellenic Open University teaching open and distance learning. His research interests are centred on historical and comparative sociology of education, sociology of school knowledge and pedagogical practices, open and distance learning, and sociological approaches of information communication technologies in education.

Dr. Anna Assimaki

Lecturer, Department of Primary Education, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Dr. Anna Assimaki is a lecturer in the sociology of education in the Department of Primary Education, University of Patras, Panepistimioupoli, Patras, Greece. Her research interests are centred on the sociology of education and of the school, sociological analysis of pedagogical practices, gender education, and social and educational exclusion. She is also a tutor in the postgraduate studies programme in the same Department, teaching professional development for teachers.

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