ERIC Number: ED253466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Sex Equity in Computer Education: Concerns for Social Studies. ERIC Digest No. 15.
The issue of equal access to and use of computers by boys and girls is reviewed and evaluated from the perspective of social studies content, skills, and goals. Material is arranged in four sections, each introduced by a topic question. The first section discusses the problem of sex equity in computer education. Results of four research studies and surveys are presented. The second section examines the causes of girls' avoidance of computers and related technologies. A male bias in the culture of computers, the educational context in which computers are used (chiefly science and mathematics classes), and peer influences are cited as the major causes of girls' avoidance. The third section places the issue of sex equity within the context of social studies education, examining the implications of unequal access to computers for future citizenship participation, career training, and the study of social roles and social stereotypes. A final section outlines what social studies teachers can do to address the problems of sex equity in computer education. A 13-citation bibliography concludes the paper. (LP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Classroom Environment, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Science Education, Computers, Educational Discrimination, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equal Facilities, Females, Males, Sex Bias, Sex Discrimination, Sex Stereotypes, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
ERIC/ChESS, 855 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.