'Because it's boring, irrelevant and I don't like computers': why high school girls avoid professionally-orientated ICT subjects

Anderson, Neil, Lankshear, Colin, Timms, Carolyn, and Courtney, Lyn (2008) 'Because it's boring, irrelevant and I don't like computers': why high school girls avoid professionally-orientated ICT subjects. Computers & Education, 50 (4). pp. 1304-1318.

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Abstract

The current paper details results from the Girls and ICT survey phase of a three year study investigating factors associated with low participation rates by females in education pathways leading to professional level information and communications technology (ICT) professions. The study is funded through the Australian Research Council's (ARC) Linkage Grants Scheme. It involves a research partnership between Education Queensland (EQ), industry partner Technology One and academic researchers at (affiliation removed for review purposes). Respondents to the survey were 1453 senior high school girls. Comparisons were drawn between Takers (n = 131) and Non Takers (n = 1322) of advanced level computing subjects. Significant differences between the groups were found on four questions: "The subjects are interesting"; "I am very interested in computers"; "The subject will be helpful to me in my chosen career path after school"; and "It suited my timetable". The research has demonstrated that senior high school girls tend to perceive advanced computing subjects as boring and they express a strong aversion to computers.

Item ID: 6115
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: girls; ICT; gender; secondary ICT subjects; gender studies; secondary education; human–computer interface; pedagogical issues; teaching/learning strategies
ISSN: 1873-782X
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010 01:19
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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