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Women and Information TechnologyResearch on Underrepresentation$
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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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Gender Differences among Students in Computer Science and Applied Information Technology

Gender Differences among Students in Computer Science and Applied Information Technology

Chapter:
(p.279) 9 Gender Differences among Students in Computer Science and Applied Information Technology
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Women and Information Technology
Author(s):

Christine Ogan

Jean C. Robinson

Manju Ahuja

Susan C. Herring

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033459.003.0009

This chapter reports on a study that compares the demographics, attitudes, and computing-related behaviors of undergraduate and graduate students majoring in computer science with those majoring in applied IT disciplines. The results show that women do not feel as good about their abilities related to computers and computer programming as men do. The lack of confidence might stem from a lack of encouragement from teachers, friends, and family since half of women in the applied IT group and one-quarter of women in the computer science group said nobody had encouraged them to go into an IT field. The biggest differences between men and women in the two groups are demographic: men and women in the applied IT units tend to be older, and men and women in computer science tend to fall into traditional age groups for undergraduate and graduate students.

Keywords:   demographics, graduate students, computer science programs, IT disciplines, gender difference

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