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Title: Sundials in the Shade: A Study of Women’s Persistence in the First Year of a Computer Science Program in a Selective University
Url: http://www.iwitts.org/proven-practices/topics/retention/277-sundials-i...
Creator: Powell, Rita Manco
Publisher: National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science
Description: 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 finding from the study was that the women had a "thorough grounding in mathematics, but many either had an inadequate background in computer science, or at least perceived inadequacies in their background, which prevented them from beginning the major on an equal footing with their mostly male peers and caused some to lose confidence and consequently interest in the major."
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Popular education. Critical pedagogy
Science -- Mathematics -- Instruments and machines -- Calculating machines -- Electronic computers. Computer science -- Other topics, A-Z -- Computers and women
Technology -- Technology (General) -- Women in technology
GEM Subject: Science -- Technology
Science -- Instructional issues
Key Concept: Computer science
Date Issued: 2005
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Format: html
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: Contact the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science for copyright information
Access Rights: Free access
Source Type: ATE Project
Source: ATE Projects
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Resource URL Clicks: 2
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