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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32164

Title: Gender Digital and Challenges in Undergraduate Computer Science Programs
Authors: Stoilescu, Dorian
McDougall, Douglas
Keywords: digital divide
computer science education
higher education
gender equity
Issue Date: Mar-2011
Publisher: The Canadian Society for the Study of Education
Citation: Stoilescu, D., & McDougall, D. (2011). Gender digital and challenges in undergraduate computer science programs. Canadian Journal of Education, 34(10), 308-333.
Abstract: Previous research revealed a reduced number of female students registered in computer science studies. In addition, the female students feel isolated, have reduced confidence, and underperform. This article explores differences between female and male students in undergraduate computer science programs in a mid-size university in Ontario. Based on Kelly's (2008) three levels of digital divide (resources, instruction, and culture specific knowledge), we explored gender specific challenges for each level. The research shows that, while the first level of digital divide is difficult to detect and the second layer is easily detectable, the third layer of digital divide is particularly pervasive and has a disconcerting outcome.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32164
ISSN: 1918-5979
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