A survey of attitudes to computing at the University of the
I.D. Sanders and V.C. Galpin
In A. Adam, J. Emms, E. Green, and J. Owens, (eds), IFIP
Transactions A-57, Women, Work, and Computerization, Breaking Old
Boundaries--Building New Forms, 209-223. Elsevier Science, 1994.
(also published in the Proceedings of the Fifth International
Conference on Women, Work and Computerization, UMIST, Manchester, UK,
2-5 July 1994, 108-122.),
This paper discusses an attitudinal survey, among first year science
students at a South African university, whose aim was to
determine why fewer females than males register for Computer Science.
The results show gender differences in exposure to computers, usage,
confidence, role models and general attitudes to computers and Computer
Science. Important results are that males registered for Computer
Science have more informal exposure to computers, less formal exposure
and more confidence than females registered for Computer Science.
Also, females not registered for Computer Science are most likely to
have female family role models and to play computer games.
Keyword Codes K.3.0; K.3.2; K.4.2
Keywords Computers and Education, General; Computer and
Education, Computer and Information Science Education; Computers and
Society; Social Issues
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