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Computer Club for Girls: The problem with seeing girls as the problem

Fuller, A; Turbin, J; Johnston, B; (2013) Computer Club for Girls: The problem with seeing girls as the problem. Gender and Education , 25 (4) pp. 499-514. 10.1080/09540253.2013.772712.

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Abstract

This paper presents findings from an evaluation of the Computer Clubs for Girls, an initiative originally delivered in the South East of England, designed to encourage more girls to take up information technology (IT) courses and careers. By targeting girls aged 10-14, the club aimed to provide members with a 'gender relevant' experience of IT, tackling issues of access, confidence and negative attitudes about IT. The evaluation, conducted over four years, included the collection of quantitative and qualitative data from members and non-members of the clubs. It included a longitudinal component in order to assess the longer-term impacts of the club. The findings support the critical view that initiatives based on assumptions about the relationship between girls and IT misinterpret 'the problem' about female under-representation in IT, and are unlikely to have a significant or sustained impact on what remains an occupational and subject area divided by gender typing. The paper argues for an approach which challenges the social and cultural discourses that maintain this gender divide. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Type: Article
Title: Computer Club for Girls: The problem with seeing girls as the problem
DOI: 10.1080/09540253.2013.772712
UCL classification: UCL > School of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice & Society
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1512334
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