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Female under-representation in computing education and industry - A survey of issues and interventions

Female under-representation in computing education and industry - A survey of issues and interventions

Osunde, Joseph, Windall, Gillian, Bacon, Liz and MacKinnon, Lachlan (2014) Female under-representation in computing education and industry - A survey of issues and interventions. International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, 5 (10). ISSN 2158-107X (Print), 2156-5570 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.14569/IJACSA.2014.051003)

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Abstract

This survey paper examines the issue of female under-representation in computing education and industry, which has been shown from empirical studies to be a problem for over two decades. While various measures and intervention strategies have been implemented to increase the interest of girls in computing education and industry, the level of success has been discouraging. The primary contribution of this paper is to provide an analysis of the extensive research work in this area. It outlines the progressive decline in female representation in computing education. It also presents the key arguments that attempt to explain the decline and intervention strategies. We conclude that there is a need to further explore strategies that will encourage young female learners to interact more with computer educational games.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Female under-representation; Structural factors; Biological factors; Socio-cultural factors; User Interaction
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Computing & Information Systems
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2017 11:09
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17235

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