Gender Stereotypes Prevail in ICT: a Research Review

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Title Gender Stereotypes Prevail in ICT: a Research Review
Author Clayton, Kaylene; Von Hellens, Liisa Annikki; Nielsen, Sue Hilary
Publication Title Proceedings of the 2009 ACM SIGMIS Computer Personnel Research Conference
Editor Norah Power, Kate M. Kaiser, Jack Downey, Damien Joseph
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United States
Publisher Association for Computer Machinerey
Abstract This paper surveys the research literature on stereotyping of gender and ICT and how it affects girls' participation in ICT education and work. Gender stereotypes can influence girls' choices over time, reducing their confidence and interest in ICT and turning them away from ICT as an occupation. The stereotypes can give negative messages about girls' aptitude for ICT work and the types of activities, which should interest them. ICT stereotypes are predominantly negative, provide misleading ideas about ICT as a career discouraging both girls and boys, and make the field particularly unattractive to girls. Stereotypes introduced in the family and social environment are often reinforced by images in the mass media as well as widespread education practices. Very few mitigating influences (such as same sex schools) have any impact on these stereotypes.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
ISBN 978-1-60558-427-0
Conference name SIGMIS CPR'09: Computer Personnel Research Conference
Location Limerick, Ireland
Date From 2009-05-28
Date To 2009-05-30
Date Accessioned 2010-03-01
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Information Systems Management
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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