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View Resource Gender Differences in Learning and Achievement in Mathematics, Science and Technology and Strategies for Equity: A Literature Review

This literature review covers studies of gender differences in learning math, science, and technology. The possibility that female students think and learn differently as well as interact with equipment differently from boys is "a major key to beginning to understand how best to educate girls in math, science, and technological areas." Suggestions for strategies to rethink gender biases in the...

View Resource Women in IT Leadership

This study published by the Applied Information Management Institute looks at women in IT leadership. Men and women in senior positions in IT were interviewed to explore "1) early experiences affecting women?s later interest in IT; 2) career paths and the influence of IT education; 3) barriers to success within IT environments; and 4) organizational practices that may facilitate women?s car...

View Resource High School Girls Use PicoCrickets to Learn Programming Skills

This case study discusses Laura Enman, Program Coordinator at Techbridge, and her efforts to work with fourteen high school girls and teach them engineering and computer science principles. She used PicoCrickets which are "tiny computers that can make things spin, light up, and play music" to teach programming. At the end of the course, the girls were excited about the possibilities of computer...

View Resource Retaining Women in First Year CS Courses

This poster describes the efforts at Norfolk State University to retain female computer science majors during the 2005-2006 academic year. They added a course titled Introduction to the Computer Science Profession that discussed topics such as role models, active coping, mentors, pair programming, and collaborative learning. Furthermore, new programming laboratory courses were added that...

View Resource Sundials in the Shade: A Study of Women’s Persistence in the First Year of a Computer Science Program in a Selective University

This dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania examines fourteen women in their first year of the computer science major. The study looks at the pre-college influences that led these women to the major and the nature of their experiences with faculty, peers, and academic support services. The research method used was a series of personal interviews over the course of one year. The major...

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