Female Under-Representation in Computing Education and Industry - A Survey of Issues and Interventions

Osunde, Joseph; Windall, Gill; Bacon, Liz and Mackinnon, Lachlan (2014). Female Under-Representation in Computing Education and Industry - A Survey of Issues and Interventions. International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, 5(10)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14569/IJACSA.2014.051003

Abstract

This survey paper examines the issue of female under-representation in computing education and industry, which has been shown from empirical studies to be a problem for over two decades. While various measures and intervention strategies have been implemented to increase the interest of girls in computing education and industry, the level of success has been discouraging.
The primary contribution of this paper is to provide an analysis of the extensive research work in this area. It outlines the progressive decline in female representation in computing education. It also presents the key arguments that attempt to explain the decline and intervention strategies. We conclude that there is a need to further explore strategies that will encourage young female learners to interact more with computer educational games.

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