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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Gender and Technology

This research cluster is currently inactive.

If the attitudes of high school are a good predictor of eventual career choices, the future will continue to see computer science fields dominated by males. According to new research released by Association for Computing machinery and the W. GBH Educational Foundation, compared with girls, more than twice as many boys see computer science as a"good" or "very good" choice as a college major. What's more, four times as many boys citied computer science as a "very good" career choice.

Is was found that 52 percent of all students viewed computing, computer science, and information technology as good or very good potential choices for college majors. By this measure, the computing category is in the top 3, virtually neck and neck with business/management/marketing (55 percent positive) and art/music/design (53 percent positive).

However, by gender, 74 percent of boys cited science. information technology as a good or very good choice, compared with only 32 percent of girls. Broken down by ethnicity and gender white females had the lowest positive response to computer science as a major. Hispanic males had the highest.

The Gender and Technology research cluster explores the interaction between gender and technology in social interactions and institutions, and in work practice. Participants in the cluster examine the relationship between gender and technology from various perspectives, including design and gender, the invisibility of information work in organizations, and the history of technology. This is an interdisciplinary group that brings together students, faculty, and staff interested in exploring the relationships between gender and technology. The terms are loosely defined and any UT community member interested in the topic is invited to attend.

Research shows there is a widening gender gap favoring males in technology (TechSavvy, 2000). Females are underrepresented in advanced computer science courses and consequently in the IT field.

Former Chairs: Hillary Hart and Sharon Stover.


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