ICT and girls: the need for a large scale intervention programme

Craig, Annemieke, Fisher, Julie and Lang, Catherine 2007, ICT and girls: the need for a large scale intervention programme, in ACIS2007 Toowoomba 5 to 7 December 2007: proceedings of the 18th Australasian conference on information systems, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Qld., pp. 761-769.

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Title ICT and girls: the need for a large scale intervention programme
Author(s) Craig, Annemieke
Fisher, Julie
Lang, Catherine
Conference name Australasian Conference on Information Systems (18th:2007:Toowoomba, Qld.)
Conference location Toowoomba, QLD
Conference dates 5-7 December 2007
Title of proceedings ACIS2007 Toowoomba 5 to 7 December 2007: proceedings of the 18th Australasian conference on information systems
Editor(s) Toleman, Mark
Cater-Steel, Aileen
Roberts, David
Publication date 2007
Conference series Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Start page 761
End page 769
Publisher University of Southern Queensland
Place of publication Toowoomba, Qld.
Keyword(s) gender
information technology
computing
female
intervention programme
Summary In recent years there have been fewer students enrolling into ICT courses and subsequently there has been a significant decline in ICT graduates. The decline in participation by females has been even greater than for males resulting in a further widening of the gender imbalance in this discipline. Much of the research indicates that it is the early years that influence children's decisions regarding career choice. For many girls, although
they are initially interested and engaged with IT in their early years of schooling, this fades as they reach middle and senior secondary school. Reasons for this decline in interest include the perceptions that, among other things, IT is ‘geeky’, male dominated and generally not a people focused career. There have been many initiatives to try and redress the problem however most are localised, poorly funded and depend very much on one key individual usually in schools. This paper briefly describes the outcomes of the Young Girls ICT project designed to encourage girls to continue with computing. The paper considers what the best options might be for encouraging more girls to continue to study computing.
ISBN 9780909756963
0909756961
Language eng
Field of Research 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2007, The Authors
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