Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing / Edition 1

Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing / Edition 1

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by Jane Margolis, Allan Fisher
     
 

The information technology revolution is transforming almost every aspect of society, but girls and women are largely out of the loop. Although women surf the
Web in equal numbers to men and make a majority of online purchases, few are involved in the design and creation of new technology. It is mostly men whose perspectives and priorities inform the

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Overview

The information technology revolution is transforming almost every aspect of society, but girls and women are largely out of the loop. Although women surf the
Web in equal numbers to men and make a majority of online purchases, few are involved in the design and creation of new technology. It is mostly men whose perspectives and priorities inform the development of computing innovations and who reap the lion's share of the financial rewards. As only a small fraction of high school and college computer science students are female, the field is likely to remain a "male clubhouse," absent major changes.

In
Unlocking the Clubhouse, social scientist Jane Margolis and computer scientist and educator Allan Fisher examine the many influences contributing to the gender gap in computing. The book is based on interviews with more than 100 computer science students of both sexes from Carnegie Mellon
University, a major center of computer science research, over a period of four years, as well as classroom observations and conversations with hundreds of college and high school faculty. The interviews capture the dynamic details of the female computing experience, from the family computer kept in a brother's bedroom to women's feelings of alienation in college computing classes. The authors investigate the familial, educational, and institutional origins of the computing gender gap.
They also describe educational reforms that have made a dramatic difference at
Carnegie Mellon -- where the percentage of women entering the School of Computer
Science rose from 7% in 1995 to 42% in 2000 -- and at high schools around the country.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262632690
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
182
Sales rank:
1,013,740
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Women out of the Loop1
1The Magnetic Attraction15
2Middle and High School: A Room of His Own33
3Computing with a Purpose49
4Geek Mythology61
5Living among the Programming Gods: The Nexus of Confidence and Interest77
6Persistence and Resistance: Staying in Computer Science93
7A Tale of 240 Teachers109
8Changing the University129
Epilogue: Changing the Conversation in Computer Science143
App.: Research Methodology145
Sources and Further Reading155
Index165

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