Digital divas : working to change students' perceptions about ICT courses and careers
Fisher, Julie, Lang, Catherine, Forgasz, Helen J. and Craig, Annemieke 2009, Digital divas : working to change students' perceptions about ICT courses and careers, Curriculum leadership, vol. 7, no. 31.
Currently, women occupy less than 20% of places in the ICT courses offered by higher education institutions in Victoria and, as of 2007, women held only 16% of ICT jobs in the state (Multimedia Victoria 2008 p 25). At the secondary school level there has in fact been a marked downturn in girls' interest in such courses, reflecting a more general decline in female participation in ICT courses and careers. Given that there has also been a decline in overall student ICT numbers, there is a strong case to develop programs aimed to convince female students that an ICT career or course is an attractive option for their future. The Digital Divas program is one such course.
Field of Research
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category
C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal