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ERIC Number: ED319660
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Girls, Computers, and Amber Waves of Grain: Computer Equity Programming for Rural Teachers.
Thurston, Linda P.
Research has revealed that more males than females participate in computer learning environments. Rural young women in home and school are conditioned to accept outdated role definitions and may be limited in career and life choices by restricted access to technology and their perception of the female role in technology. In 1988-89, a year long in-service training program was developed for Kansas teachers to enable them to provide gender equitable, quality computer education in upper elementary and middle school classrooms. Designed primarily for schools in rural areas, the classroom segment was divided into two sections: a primary computer content section using Logo Writer, database building, lesson plans involving software, the computer language BASIC, and telecommunications software; the gender equity training section utilized the book, "Neuter Computer" (Sanders and Stone, 1986). An evaluation was conducted to assess the effects of the program on skills and attitudes of teachers and students. The results showed teachers had more equitable attitudes and female students showed increased use and enjoyment of the computer. (NL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas