Redressing the gender imbalance in ICT professions: toward state-level strategic approaches

Anderson, Neil, Klein, Mary, and Lankshear, Colin (2005) Redressing the gender imbalance in ICT professions: toward state-level strategic approaches. Australian Educational Computing, 20 (2). pp. 3-10.

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This paper reports preliminary work in an ARC Linkage Project involving collaboration among James Cook Universtiy, Education Queensland, and Technology One (a Queensland based company). The project aims to identify and interpret factors associated with low female participation rates in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professional level occupations and education pathways. Data is being collected using qualitative and quantitative methods. A survey is being administered to over 6000 year 11 and 12 female high school students in Queensland to provide a comprehensive database that will be augmented with individual and focus group interviews. An online survey will be administered to women working in ICT industries. Reference groups representing EQ and ICT industries have been established to provide consultative advice and feedback throughout the project, and to function as working groups during the data analysis and interpretation phases. Project results will inform the development of strategic response options for education systems and ICT idustries and suggest further research and industry-based initiatives designed to enhance female participation rates.

Item ID: 828
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1443-833X
Keywords: Gender and technology, ICT, ICT in education
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Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2006
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 > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education @ 100%
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