Gender Bias in Computing: Students' Perspectives

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Miliszewska, Iwona, Horwood, John, Tan, Grace and Venables, Anne (2004) Gender Bias in Computing: Students' Perspectives. In: Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Informatics and Research on Women in ICT (RWICT) 2004 : 28-30 July 2004, Putra World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Singh, Diljit, ed. Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.


The under-representation and poor retention of women in computing courses at Victoria University is a concern that has continued to defy all attempts to resolve it. Despite the fact that a range of initiatives have been created to encourage participation and improve retention of females in the courses, the percentage of female enrollments has declined significantly in recent years while attrition rates soared. A recent research Study aimed at investigating these negative trends with respect to gender equity in computing courses; of interest was the issue of possible gender bias in the learning environment and its impact on female attrition rates. Focus groups with computing students of both genders were used as one of the data collection tools in the study. This paper reports on the findings from the focus groups

Item type Book Section
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords ResPubID7534, IT, computer studies women, computing courses, Victoria University
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