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The ICT gender imbalance in schools and beyond: missed opportunities

The ICT gender imbalance in schools and beyond: missed opportunities

Nyangon, Maurice (2010) The ICT gender imbalance in schools and beyond: missed opportunities. EdD thesis, University of Greenwich.

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Abstract

‘Pipeline shrinkage’, the steady attrition of women in the ICT industry despite their academic achievement, has been of great concern not only in the United Kingdom but also internationally for almost a quarter of a century. This study reviewed literature and prior research from both national and international perspectives, with a particular research focus on the experiences of students in three British secondary schools. The situation may have been exacerbated in British schools as government strategies have increasingly focussed on male students’ apparent “underachievement” relative to female students.

One aspect of focus has been the resurrection of interest in single-sex classes in state schools. The comparatively strong academic achievement of female students has led to little focussed research on why they fail to capitalise on their ICT ability and study the subject beyond school level. Their behavioural intentions have not been the focus of the research.

This study tested the fit of The Theory of Planned Behaviour (TpB) as a theoretical framework to examine how behavioural, normative and control beliefs differed, both between male and female students in mixed and single gender schools and female students taught in mixed or single sex classroom contexts. Samples of 150 students were questioned from which 120 were useable; 40 from each of the three participating schools. In two cases 25 students were Key Stage 4 students and 15 were A’ Level students. A series of semi-structured interviews were undertaken with a further sample of 30 Key Stage 4 ICT students. Results showed data fitted the TpB model and explained female students’ lack of intention to study ICT beyond their current level as beliefs were found to be related to that intention.

Recommendations were provided for changes in practice based on attitudinal responses to behavioural beliefs, learning styles and teaching strategies.

Item Type: Thesis (EdD)
Additional Information: uk.bl.ethos.521082
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT, gender, secondary schools, teaching strategies,
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Professional Learning & Development
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Last Modified: 14 Feb 2018 12:58
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5647

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