Interest in ICT Studies and Careers: Perspectives of Secondary School Female Students from Low Socioeconomic Backgrounds

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Miliszewska, Iwona and Sztendur, Ewa M (2010) Interest in ICT Studies and Careers: Perspectives of Secondary School Female Students from Low Socioeconomic Backgrounds. Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, 5. pp. 237-260. ISSN 1555-1229

Abstract

The under-representation of females in information and communication technology (ICT) fields of study and careers continues to attract considerable attention. This article discusses findings of a research study that investigated interest in ICT studies and careers among female secondary school students. The investigation focused on girls from schools in the Western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, home to families with low socio-economic status and students exposed to “educational disadvantage.” The article outlines the demographic background of the participating girls, their experiences with ICT, self-efficacy of ICT skills, and their preferences for future studies and careers in ICT. It also analyzes factors that might have influenced the girls’ attitudes towards ICT studies and careers, including their ethnic background, exposure to ICT at school and home, and perceptions of ICT. The article concludes with suggestions for future research.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6920
Official URL http://www.ijikm.org/Volume5/IJIKMv5p237-260Milisz...
Subjects Current > Division/Research > PVC Students and Learning and Teaching
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > SEO Classification > 9302 Teaching and Instruction
Keywords ResPubID20641, ResPubID19710, computing self-efficacy, cultural differences, educational disadvantage, ethnic background, female secondary school students, ICT study and career
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