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Title: The Impact of IT Intervention Programs for Girls
Authors: Coldwell-Neilson, Jo
Craig, Annemieke
Gorbacheva, Elena
Beekhuyzen, Jenine
Issue Date: 2014
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: GenderIT 2014
Series/Report no.: GenderIT
Abstract: The goal of our study is to investigate the longitudinal effects of one intervention program for schoolgirls in the Information Technology (IT) field. This bi-annual event has been conducted regularly since 2006 with the aim of confronting a decline in the interest among girls to study IT and promoting study and work opportunities in the field. Each event has been evaluated with pre- and post-event surveys. Longitudinally, both students and teachers have also been surveyed three to four years after the event in which they participated. Results from the 2006 cohort surveyed in 2009-2010 are reported on in this paper. The main conclusion is that, unfortunately, any increase in the uptake of IT in schools that occurred as a result of attending the event was transitory. Therefore, it is crucial that inspiring, engaging, and empowering computing classes are being offered continuously at all secondary schools.
metadata.mci.conference.sessiontitle: Full Papers
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