Female under-representation in computing education and industry: a survey of issues and interventions

Joseph Osunde, Liz Bacon, Lachlan M. MacKinnon

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Abstract

This survey paper examines the issue of female under-representation in computing education and industry, which has been shown from empirical studies to be a problem for over two decades. While various measures and intervention strategies have been implemented to increase the interest of girls in computing education and industry, the level of success has been discouraging. The primary contribution of this paper is to provide an analysis of the extensive research work in this area. It outlines the progressive decline in female representation in computing education. It also presents the key arguments that attempt to explain the decline and intervention strategies. We conclude that there is a need to further explore strategies that will encourage young female learners to interact more with computer educational games.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-23
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications (IJACSA)
Volume5
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

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