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Unlocking the Clubhouse : Women in Computing - Jane Margolis

Unlocking the Clubhouse

Women in Computing

Paperback Published: 1st April 2003
ISBN: 9780262632690
Number Of Pages: 184
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Winner of the 2002 Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Continuing Higher Education The information technology revolution is transforming almost every aspect of society, but girls and women are largely out of the loop. Although women surf the Web in equal numbers to men and make a majority of online purchases, few are involved in the design and creation of new technology. It is mostly men whose perspectives and priorities inform the development of computing innovations and who reap the lion's share of the financial rewards. As only a small fraction of high school and college computer science students are female, the field is likely to remain a "male clubhouse," absent major changes. In "Unlocking the Clubhouse," social scientist Jane Margolis and computer scientist and educator Allan Fisher examine the many influences contributing to the gender gap in computing. The book is based on interviews with more than 100 computer science students of both sexes from Carnegie Mellon University, a major center of computer science research, over a period of four years, as well as classroom observations and conversations with hundreds of college and high school faculty. The interviews capture the dynamic details of the female computing experience, from the family computer kept in a brother's bedroom to women's feelings of alienation in college computing classes. The authors investigate the familial, educational, and institutional origins of the computing gender gap. They also describe educational reforms that have made a dramatic difference at Carnegie Mellon---where the percentage of women entering the School of Computer Science rose from 7% in 1995 to 42% in 2000--and at high schools around the country.

"It can't be easy to write up a piece of rigorous, academic research into something practical and readable, but the authors of this book have done just that." - Gill Stoker, First Monday

Introduction: Women out of the Loopp. 1
The Magnetic Attractionp. 15
Middle and High School: A Room of His Ownp. 33
Computing with a Purposep. 49
Geek Mythologyp. 61
Living among the Programming Gods: The Nexus of Confidence and Interestp. 77
Persistence and Resistance: Staying in Computer Sciencep. 93
A Tale of 240 Teachersp. 109
Changing the Universityp. 129
Epilogue: Changing the Conversation in Computer Sciencep. 143
App.: Research Methodologyp. 145
Sources and Further Readingp. 155
Indexp. 165
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ISBN: 9780262632690
ISBN-10: 0262632691
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 1st April 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.26