Dealing with diversity: factors discouraging participation of Maori and Pacifica females in ICT education

Morton, Scott and Redmond, Petrea ORCID: and Albion, Peter ORCID: (2020) Dealing with diversity: factors discouraging participation of Maori and Pacifica females in ICT education. In: 37th Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2020), 30 Nov - 1 Dec 2020, Armidale, Australia.

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The availability of ICT job opportunities within New Zealand is continuing to grow year on year. However, there has been a decrease in the proportion of females, especially Māori and Pacifica, entering into ICT study and pursuing ICT careers. This paper explores factors that discourage participation of Māori and Pacifica high school females in ICT. Semi-structured questions were created based on a STEM cell framework to interview Māori and Pacifica females between the age of 15 and 17 years studying at high school. It was found that by year 11 Māori and Pacifica females lost interest in ICT. This came down to many factors such as perception of the industry not being diverse in people and culture, the subject being dull or boring and the subject not catering for creativity. It was clear from the results that Māori and Pacifica females were discouraged more than encouraged by perceptions and attitudes towards ICT. Māori and Pacifica females had already made their minds up by year 11 that ICT was not the right career choice to follow. Schools need to recognise the students’ journey in ICT in this changing world and start promoting ICT as being creative and imaginative.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2021 05:37
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2021 06:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maori, Pacifica, females, high school, ICT
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390410 Multicultural education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pacific Peoples)
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390306 Secondary education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390406 Gender, sexuality and education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160105 Secondary education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160202 Gender aspects in education
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.14742/ascilite2020.0103

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