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Relational sensibilities and women's participation in computer science and information technology degrees: A cultural-historical approach

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posted on 2024-06-05, 12:25 authored by M Adams, K Morgan
© 2020 Elsevier Ltd There is extensive literature concerning women's low participation in the technology industry. However, little is known about the relational aspect of women's participation in information technology–related degrees. This study focused mainly on relational sensibility and women's experience as they engage in 4-year undergraduate degrees in computer science (CS) or information technology (IT). Drawing on the theoretical concept of moral imagination the womens' situation is examined; as it is, and how they imagine it could be and should be, as potential life projects are formulated in relation to, and with, others. Data were generated from five semi-structured interviews and a focus group discussion with seven women (n = 12 participants). The women in this study enrolled in an undergraduate degree as they were able to solve complex IT problems by themselves and then help others. Further, the self-positioning and the positioning by others created emotional tension and effected the women's relational sensibilities. Most of the women were undecided about their future career in IT because of the lack of transparency and information about what is involved in employment in the field. We argue that moral imagination provides a different perspective to understand women's underrepresentation in the CS and IT fields.

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Journal

Learning, Culture and Social Interaction

Volume

28

Article number

100464

Pagination

1 - 12

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

2210-6561

eISSN

2210-657X

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

ELSEVIER SCI LTD