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Declining participation in computing education : an Australia perspective on the "gender and lT" problem

Lynch, Julianne 2009, Declining participation in computing education : an Australia perspective on the "gender and lT" problem, Journal for computing teachers, Spring, pp. 1-12.

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Title Declining participation in computing education : an Australia perspective on the "gender and lT" problem
Author(s) Lynch, Julianne
Journal name Journal for computing teachers
Season Spring
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher International Society For Technology In Education
Place of publication Eugene, Or.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1943-9725
Summary Participation in post-compulsory computing education has declined over recent years, both in the senior years of secondary school and at university. This trend has been observed in most developed countries, despite reported and projected skills shortages in Information Technology (IT) industries. Within the computing education enrollment mix, girls and women continue to be under-represented and recent years have seen female participation fall even more rapidly than that of males. This article reports on findings of an Australian study which explored secondary school students’ beliefs about and attitudes towards computing education and careers in IT. Factors that might discourage girls in particular from pursuing post-compulsory computing education and careers are discussed, along with broader implications for school education in an era when information and communication technologies are an integral part of our daily lives. Findings include the persistence among both boys and girls of inaccurate and outdated views of the field of IT and low expectations of both school IT curricula and pedagogy in terms of their relevance and interest for students. Many of the issues identified as discouraging students in general from pursuing computing education appear to have a greater discouraging effect on girls, and this is compounded by stereotypical views of the field as male-dominated and unwelcoming to women and girls.
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, International Society For Technology In Education
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