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Learning Without Limits: Identifying the Barriers and Enablers to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in IS Education

Dinal Wijeratne, Denis Dennehy Orcid Logo, Shivaun Quinlivan, Lucy-Ann Buckley, Cameron Keighron, Sharon Flynn

Journal of Information Systems Education, Volume: 33, Issue: 1, Pages: 61 - 74

Swansea University Author: Denis Dennehy Orcid Logo

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Inclusion in Information Systems (IS) has received significant attention in recent years, but inclusion in IS curriculum design and delivery is comparatively underdeveloped. Understanding and working with diversity in IS student groups has implications for how we prepare students for a diverse workp...

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ISSN: 1055-3096 2574-3872
Published: 2022
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