The importance of outreach programs to unblock the pipeline and broaden diversity in ICT education

Lang, Catherine, Craig, Annemieke and Egan, Mary Anne 2016, The importance of outreach programs to unblock the pipeline and broaden diversity in ICT education, International journal of information and communication technology education, vol. 12, no. 1, January-March, pp. 38-49, doi: 10.4018/IJICTE.2016010104.

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Title The importance of outreach programs to unblock the pipeline and broaden diversity in ICT education
Author(s) Lang, Catherine
Craig, AnnemiekeORCID iD for Craig, Annemieke orcid.org/0000-0003-4295-7428
Egan, Mary Anne
Journal name International journal of information and communication technology education
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Season January-March
Start page 38
End page 49
Total pages 12
Publisher IGI Global
Place of publication Hershey, Pa.
Publication date 2016-01
ISSN 1550-1876
1550-1337
Summary There is a need for outreach programs to attract a diverse range of students to the computing discipline. The lack of qualified computing graduates to fill the growing number of computing vacancies is of concern to government and industry and there are few female students entering the computing pipeline at high school level. This paper presents three outreach programs that have the underlying assumption that students need to be reminded about the creativity and potential of computing so that it remains on the radar of their future career options. Each program instigated social and cultural change through a paradigm shift where girls moved from being ICT consumers to ICT creators. By exposing students to a wide variety of ICT activities and careers during secondary schooling, they were more likely to consider studying information systems, computer science or any other computing course at the university level. Results are presented showing student attitudinal changes as well as observed increases in enrolments at secondary school and university courses
Language eng
DOI 10.4018/IJICTE.2016010104
Field of Research 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, IGI Global
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080959

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