A study in engaging female students in computer science using role models

Jonathan Black, Paul Curzon, Chrystie Myketiak, Peter W. McOwan

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Abstract

An effective approach to engaging young women to take computing in higher education is to provide examples of successful female computer scientists. Can a print publication that combines core computing concepts with inspiring stories of women in the field be effective? In this paper, we describe a campaign that distributed a 60 - page booklet on women in computing to UK secondary schools. We analyse the initial response from teachers, and draw some general conclusions from the project. Teachers expressed strong enthusiasm for the booklet, and also report the desire for recruitment and retention of girls in their computing programmes. They had confidence in the potential for this booklet to inspire young women to take computing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITiCSE '11 Proceedings of the 16th annual joint conference on innovation and technology in computer science education
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherACM
Pages63-67
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781450306973
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2011
EventITiCSE '11 Proceedings of the 16th annual joint conference on innovation and technology in computer science education - Darmstadt, Germany, 27-29 June 2011
Duration: 27 Jun 2011 → …

Conference

ConferenceITiCSE '11 Proceedings of the 16th annual joint conference on innovation and technology in computer science education
Period27/06/11 → …

Bibliographical note

© Black, Jonathan et al | ACM (2011). This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in ITiCSE '11 Proceedings of the 16th annual joint conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1999747.1999768

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