Creating digital divas-scaffolding perception change through secondary school and university alliances

Lang, Catherine, Craig, Annemieke, Fisher, Julie and Forgasz, Helen 2010, Creating digital divas-scaffolding perception change through secondary school and university alliances, in Proceedings of the 15th annual conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., New York, N.Y..

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Title Creating digital divas-scaffolding perception change through secondary school and university alliances
Author(s) Lang, Catherine
Craig, Annemieke
Fisher, Julie
Forgasz, Helen
Conference name Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (15th : 2010 : Ankara, Turkey)
Conference location Ankara, Turkey
Conference dates 26-30 June, 2010
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 15th annual conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Summary Over the last 20 years much has been done to encourage female students to choose computing courses and computing careers. Some instances of positive effects have been reported, yet the proportional disparity in gender in this discipline continues to grow. This paper reports on a program called 'Digital Divas'. Digital Divas aims to scaffold positive perceptions around computing in the early years of secondary school by involving female students in upbeat computing experiences over a semester. It introduces university undergraduates to the secondary classroom to provide informal role models and mentors, as well as interactions with young computing professionals. This classroom environment enables computer applications to be more strongly linked with future careers. The commitment to a semester length unit was influential in changing perceptions about girls and computing, and the program was supported by the wider school community. We posit that this type of curriculum intervention is needed and has the potential to build technical human capital in female students.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2010
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029542

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