ERIC Number: ED240015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Computers in the Classroom: A Feminist Issue.
Women stand to lose a great deal in the information revolution if they fail to master computer technology. Presently they are taking little part in the computer field. In the future, access to jobs, information, and power will depend on computer knowledge and skills. Women will be pushed into lower status jobs or out of jobs altogether, perpetuating their position as secondary members of society. Because of this threat, it is imperative that measures be taken to insure that girls are provided with adequate computer instruction. Schools are doing little to offset the existing inequity. Computers are used almost solely in math classes, traditionally a male domain. Even for girls taking math, there are few women teaching the courses and therefore few women using computers to serve as role models. Girls' lack of enthusiasm for computers is a result of all these factors as well as the aggressive behavior of boys in securing computer time. Outside the schools, computer companies reinforce the notion of computers as a male interest through their computer games and advertising. It is clear that special programs, including the integration of computers into subjects other than math, must be developed in order to include girls in computer education and alleviate the present inequitable distribution of knowledge and power in our society. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Women's Studies Association Conference (Columbus, OH, June 26-30, 1983).