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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 Loop||p. 1|
|The Magnetic Attraction||p. 15|
|Middle and High School: A Room of His Own||p. 33|
|Computing with a Purpose||p. 49|
|Geek Mythology||p. 61|
|Living among the Programming Gods: The Nexus of Confidence and Interest||p. 77|
|Persistence and Resistance: Staying in Computer Science||p. 93|
|A Tale of 240 Teachers||p. 109|
|Changing the University||p. 129|
|Epilogue: Changing the Conversation in Computer Science||p. 143|
|App.: Research Methodology||p. 145|
|Sources and Further Reading||p. 155|
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Series: The MIT Press
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 28th February 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.26