The continued underrepresentation of girls in post-compulsory information technology courses : a direct challenge to teacher education

Rowan, Leonie and Lynch, Julianne 2011, The continued underrepresentation of girls in post-compulsory information technology courses : a direct challenge to teacher education, Asia-Pacific journal of teacher education, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 83-95.

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Title The continued underrepresentation of girls in post-compulsory information technology courses : a direct challenge to teacher education
Author(s) Rowan, Leonie
Lynch, Julianne
Journal name Asia-Pacific journal of teacher education
Volume number 39
Issue number 2
Start page 83
End page 95
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011-05
ISSN 1359-866X
1469-2945
Keyword(s) gender
gender norms
information technology
post-compulsory education
teacher education
Summary The participation rates of girls in post-compulsory information technology courses of Australian universities and high schools have remained low (less than 30%), despite three decades of research and analysis. In seeking to better understand this phenomenon, this paper draws upon data collected during an Australian Research Council Linkage project to investigate first, the reasons that teachers and students in contemporary Australian high schools put forward to account for girls' underrepresentation; second, the assumptions about gender that underpin these explanations; and third, the extent to which teachers appear able to respond to the full range of factors shaping girls' decision making. The paper argues that attempts to improve girls' participation rates might continue to falter unless teacher education programs explicitly prepare teachers to conceptualise educational reforms based on understandings of post-structural perspectives on gender; perspectives that challenge the more common explanations for girls' behaviour associated with both essentialist and socialisation mindsets.
Language eng
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Routledge
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