Gender Differences in the Use of Computers, Programming, and Student Interactions in Computer Science Classrooms

ID: 30443 Type: Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study
  1. Dorian Stoilescu and Gunawardena Egodawatte, Univ of Toronto, Canada

Tuesday, June 29 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Location: Pier 7 & 8

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Abstract: The overall purpose of our research was not to find new definitions for computer science culture but to see how male and female students see themselves involved in computer science practices, how they see a successful career in computers, and what they like and dislike about computer science current practices. The study took place in a mid-sized university in Ontario. Sixteen students were interviewed to get their views. We found that male and female views are different on computer use, programming and the pattern of student interactions. Female and male students did not have any major issue in using computers. In computing practices, female students were not so involved in computing activities while male students were heavily involved. As for the opinions about successful computer science professionals, both female and male students emphasized the hard working, detailed oriented and enjoying to play with computers. The myth of the geek was not found true anymore.


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