Encouraging female students in business computing

Craig, Annemieke (1996) Encouraging female students in business computing. Research Master thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


This thesis investigates women in computing; their success or otherwise. To establish the context for the study the inter-relationships between computing and young women are examined by an extended review of the relevant literature. The research for the thesis involves an illustrative case study of young women in an undergraduate Business Computing course. It explores the experiences of the students and the issues which impact on their success. Using a case study approach, qualitative and quantitative data is gathered on attrition rates and reasons for the attrition of female students in the course. In the second stage of the research, using an action research methodology, an intervention strategy is established to improve the experiences of the female students and, consequently to have an impact on retention rates. A peer mentor scheme is the mechanism chosen to provide additional assistance, overcome the isolation felt, by many young w o m e n and to increase student self esteem. The role of the scheme is later broadened to raise student awareness of possible career outcomes of the course. Evaluation of the scheme indicates that it has been valuable for those w h o participated. Reasons for the scheme's success, such as being based on the experiences of this particular group of young w o m e n and refined over time to continue to meet their particular needs are discussed. Some of the difficulties in implementing the program in a way that includes all female students are analysed.

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Master of Business - Research (Business Computing)

Item type Thesis (Research Master thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/17893
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Faculty of Business and Law
Keywords female student success, electronic data processing personnel, computer science, mentoring, education
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