Secondary girls perceptions of advanced ICT subjects: are they boring and irrelevant?

Timms, Carolyn, Courtney, Lyn, and Anderson, Neil (2006) Secondary girls perceptions of advanced ICT subjects: are they boring and irrelevant? Australian Educational Computing, 21 (2). pp. 3-8.

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Abstract

This paper reports on two questions from a survey of year 11 and 12 girls' perceptions of the two advanced computing subjects available within Education Queensland (EQ). The two subjects are Information Processing Technology (IPT) and Information Technology Systems (ITS). Similar to trends in other Western countries, the Queensland experience demonstrates that the number of girls enrolling in IPT and ITS are declining to a level which causes concern. Therefore engaging girls in advanced-level computing subjects has become a priority. Girls from 26 government (GS) and non-government schools (NGS)(n=1453) participated in a survey which was conducted by members of the research team at James Cook University (JCU) as part of a larger Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant project. The current paper examines responses to 'The subjects are interesting' and 'I am interested in computers' with particular attention to how attitudes of Non-Takers of IPT/ITS diverge from those of Takers. Mann-Whitney U test comparisons found significant difference in attitudes between these groups. These data were reinforced with rich qualitative responses indicating these subjects were generally perceived by girls in high school as boring, dull and uninteresting.

Item ID: 3702
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: ICT; information communication technology; female; computers; education
ISSN: 1443-833X
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2009 02:57
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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