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Joanne Cohoon and William Aspray

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033459

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033459.001.0001

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Examining the Gender Gap in IT by Race: Young Adults’ Decisions to Pursue an IT Career

Examining the Gender Gap in IT by Race: Young Adults’ Decisions to Pursue an IT Career

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(p.55) 2 Examining the Gender Gap in IT by Race: Young Adults’ Decisions to Pursue an IT Career
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Women and Information Technology
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Nicole Zarrett

Oksana Malanchuk

Pamela E. Davis-Kean

Jacquelynne Eccles

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033459.003.0002

This chapter examines the factors influencing adolescents' IT career aspirations. It highlights three major points concerning the differences found for IT occupational choices by gender and race: early psychological, social, and academic experiences help shape/guide youths' later career decisions; there appear to be some real-world limitations that keep some youths out of the IT pipeline; and stereotypes and discrimination discourage underrepresented groups from pursuing an IT career.

Keywords:   IT careers, race, gender, occupational choices, adolescents, career decisions

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