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- ICT and girls: the need for a large scale intervention programme
- Craig, Annemieke; Fisher, Julie; Lang, Catherine
- In recent years there have been fewer students enrolling into ICT courses and subsequently there has been a significant decline in ICT graduates. The decline in participation by females has been even greater than for males resulting in a further widening of the gender imbalance in this discipline. Much of the research indicates that it is the early years that influence children's decisions regarding career choice. For many girls, although they are initially interested and engaged with IT in their early years of schooling, this fades as they reach middle and senior secondary school. Reasons for this decline in interest include the perceptions that, among other things, IT is 'geeky', male dominated and generally not a people focused career. There have been many initiatives to try and redress the problem however most are localised, poorly funded and depend very much on one key individual usually in schools. This paper briefly describes the outcomes of the Young Girls ICT project designed to encourage girls to continue with computing. The paper considers what the best options might be for encouraging more girls to continue to study computing.
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- Conference paper
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- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
- Proceedings of 'The 3Rs: research, relevance and rigour: coming of age', the 18th Australasian Conference in Information Systems (ACIS 2007), Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, 05-07 December 2007, pp. 761-769
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- Australasian Association for Information Systems
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