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GIRLS IN SCHOOL: TECHNOPHILES OR TECHNOPHOBES?
Examine Gender, Technology, and Teacher Education Are there
differences in the way girls and boys accept and use computer-based technologies?
- Girls are significantly more likely than boys to enroll in clerical and data-entry
classes, the 1990's version of typing. Boys are more likely to enroll in advanced
computer science and graphics courses.
- School software programs often reinforce gender bias and stereotypical gender roles.
- Girls consistently rate themselves significantly lower than boys on computer ability,
and boys exhibit higher self-confidence and a more positive attitude about computers than
- Girls use computers less often outside of school. Boys enter the classroom with
more prior experience with computers and other technology than girls.
What strategies and techniques can teachers use to ensure equity in the
- Assess where YOU are. Find out what technology opportunities are available
at your school.
- Intervene with effective strategies. (You are participating in GirlTECH...so
you must be doing something right!)
- Use Web Resources. Many role models can be found on the web.
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This page was last edited on June 16, 2000
These pages were developed through GirlTECH , a teacher-training
program sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education
(CEEE) and with support from the National
Science Foundation through EOT-PACI. Copyright © Susan Boone, June 2000.
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