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The Computer Boys Take OverComputers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise$
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Nathan L. Ensmenger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262050937

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262050937.001.0001

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Chess Players, Music Lovers, and Mathematicians

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The Computer Boys Take Over

Nathan Ensmenger

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This chapter focuses on early attempts to use aptitude tests and personality profiles to manage the growing “crisis” of computer programmer training and recruitment. It discusses the highlights of Training Personnel for the Computing Machine Field and highlights the lack of available trained computer programmers in the mid-1960s. It describes System Development Corporation's experience on the use of aptitude tests and personality profiles in the training and recruitment of programmers and explains the impact of these tests on the masculinization of the profession.

Keywords:   aptitude tests, personality profiles, computer programmer, System Development Corporation, conference, masculinization

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