Factors discouraging participation of girls in ICT education

Morton, Scott and Redmond, Petrea and Albion, Peter (2018) Factors discouraging participation of girls in ICT education. In: 29th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2018), 3-5 Dec 2018, Sydney, Australia.

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Despite expanding ICT job opportunities, there has been a decrease in the proportion of girls entering into
ICT study, and pursuing ICT careers. This paper explores factors that discourage participation of high school
girls in ICT using a modified version of the conceptual framework based on the 'STEMcell' model. The
modified framework was used to create an online questionnaire which gathered data from girls and boys
between the ages of 15 and 17 years studying at high school. Each section of the framework used selected
questions based on perceptions and attitudes to gain an insight into whether girls would be more likely to
participate in ICT. The findings indicated that boys, more than girls sought advice from their family members
on their future career choices. The results also showed stereotypes are still alive in girls more than boys and
that girls are unlikely to follow a career in ICT. Moreover, girls more than boys disagree about ICT becoming
compulsory in high school. Current number of enrolments of girls in ICT at high school lags behind that of
boys and, until changes are made, girls going into the ICT industry will be in the minority.

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Additional Information: Paper #55. Copyright: © 2018 Morton, Redmond, Albion. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Australia License, which permits non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and ACIS are credited.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 08 May 2019 06:01
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2019 05:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: females, ICT, high school, stereotyping, role models, technology
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35314

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