Overcoming the adversity of diversity : an Australian story
Craig, Annemieke, Scollary, A. and Fisher, J. 2003, Overcoming the adversity of diversity : an Australian story, in AMCIS 2003 : connect in Tampa : 2003 Americas Conference on Information Systems, August 4-5, Tampa, Florida., Association for Information Systems, 2003., Atlanta, Ga., pp. 1540-1548.
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The low participation rate of women in computing education and the computing industry is a phenomenon that has been recognised by many western countries. While much has been written on the underlying reasons for the low participation in such a growing and dynamic industry, the situation only seems to be worsening. This paper examines briefly a number of approaches taken by researchers in Australia to try and address the problem. One tertiary institution, Victoria University, has undertaken over a ten year period a sequence of projects, aimed at encouraging and supportingfemale students to study information technology and then make a successful transition from university to the workplace. The strategies and outcomes of the most recent project is the focus of this paper. This project concentrated on equipping graduatingfemale students with skills and knowledge to enable them to participate on equal terms with their male counterparts in workgroups and project teams. An outcome from this work was the preparation and distribution of a resource book to graduating female students during 2002.
Field of Research
169901 Gender Specific Studies
Socio Economic Objective
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
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