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What influences female interest and persistence in computing? Preliminary findings from a multi-year study

DuBow, Wendy M and James-Hawkins, Laurie (2015) What influences female interest and persistence in computing? Preliminary findings from a multi-year study. In: Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT), 2015, 2015-08-13 - 2015-08-14, Charlotte, NC, USA.

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Abstract

This paper reports preliminary findings from a multi-year study of young women who showed interest in applying for an award that recognizes high school females' computing-related interests and achievements, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award. The research sample includes two groups: Awardees and non-Awardees. This mixed-methods study consists of a social cognitive career theory (SCCT) survey instrument, as well as interviews and focus groups exploring themes of confidence, self-efficacy, a sense of belonging, and perceived supports and barriers to being involved in computing. This paper describes results from the first survey and select demographics from the two groups, Awardees (n=691) and Non-Awardees (n=760), along with preliminary analyses of the qualitative data gathered thus far.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: _not provided_
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 09:54
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2018 09:54
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23561

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