[SIGCIS-Members] Computer Science in Higher Education

Pierre Mounier mounier at msh-paris.fr
Fri Oct 5 08:42:30 PDT 2012

Hello  Janet,
In turn, I am very interested to know about your project. The ACM  
Curriculum '68, discussed in IFIP committees, contributed to shape  
computer science curricula in France and certainly in other countries.

Regarding a session at next year's SHOT/ SIGCIS, in addition to Ulf  
Hashagen and Irina Nikiforova, you might contact these German authors:
- Reuse, B. & Vollmar, R. (ed.) : Informatikforschung in Deutschland.  
Springer, 2008

- Pieper, C.: Hochschulinformatik in der Bundesrepublik und der DDR  
bis 1989/1990. Steiner, 2009

- Wolfgang Coy: “Was ist Informatik? Zur Entstehung des Faches an den  
deutschen Universitäten”. In: Hellige, H.-D. (ed.): Geschichten der  
Informatik, Springer, 2004, 473-497.

[a title which predated "Histories of Computing"!]

There is also a growing scholarship in Italy, yet they are still much  
concerned with hardware development or business history.
All the best,

Le 5 oct. 12 à 15:52, Janet Abbate a écrit :

> Hello Pierre,
> I will be very interested to read your article. I am myself  
> beginning a project on computer science in higher education,  
> focusing initially on the ACM computer science Curriculum '68 and  
> Curriculum '78 as efforts to define and standardize computer science  
> in universities.
> Unfortunately I will not be at SHOT this year, but I would like to  
> organize a session at next year's SHOT (either SIGCIS or the SHOT  
> conference itself) on academic computer science. I will contact you  
> in the spring after the call for papers comes out to ask if you  
> might be interested in such a session. I believe there are several  
> us working in this area (for example, Ulf Hashagen and Irina  
> Nikiforova) and it would be useful to have a discussion of common  
> themes--as well as culturally specific variants--in the development  
> of university computer science.
> best regards,
> Janet
> Dr. Janet Abbate
> Associate Professor
> Science & Technology in Society
> Virginia Tech
> On Oct 5, 2012, at 7:07 AM, Pierre Mounier wrote:
>> Dear Friends & Colleagues,
>> This is just to inform SIGCIS members, particularly those working  
>> on Computer Science in Higher Education, of a paper about to appear :
>> "Computer Science in French Universities: Early Entrants and  
>> Latecomers"
>> http://www.infoculturejournal.org/current_issue/47.4
>> This paper stems from my book *, but goes further to define models  
>> of development in an international comparaison perspective.
>> With cordial salutations, looking forward to meet some of you in  
>> Copenhagen,
>> Pierre Mounier-Kuhn
>> CNRS & Université Paris-Sorbonne
>> * http://pups.paris-sorbonne.fr/pages/aff_livre.php?Id=838
>> http://www.koyre.cnrs.fr/IMG/pdf/CV-Mounier-Kuhn_1_.pdf
>> Abstract - MOUNIER-KUHN Pierre, 2012, "Computer Science in French  
>> Universities: Early Entrants and Latecomers", Information &  
>> Culture: A Journal of History, vol. 47, n° 4.
>> How do new disciplines develop in certain universities, not in  
>> others ? What factors shape the geography of science ? The history  
>> of computer science in French higher education suggests a model to  
>> describe this development and differenciation process.
>> Computer science stemmed from local configurations associating a  
>> school of electrical engineering and a professor of numerical  
>> analysis. In the early 1950s, a few professors, who may be  
>> characterized as “science entrepreneurs”, created three-fold  
>> structures, associating courses in applied mathematics and  
>> programming, a computing facility and a research laboratory. This  
>> initiated a cumulative development process, attracting students,  
>> researchers, contracts, funding and powerful machines, and opening  
>> the field to novel applications or theoretical investigations. In  
>> other universities, these configurations were not completed –  
>> typically, they were limited to an assistant and a small computer,  
>> so that computing remained confined to technical training.
>> In the 1960s, the pioneers became the leaders of the new  
>> informatics field, hold power positions in learned societies and in  
>> science policy committees, and controlled the definition of  
>> computer science curricula. As the computing institutes they had  
>> created reached considerable size, they began to spin off their  
>> junior professors toward other universities, thus still increasing  
>> their « radiance ». These centers, like Grenoble, Nancy or  
>> Toulouse, remain major academic centers in the discipline today.
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