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ERIC Number: ED432237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Gender Equitable Computer Classrooms: A Model Project.
Madison, Sandra; Deng, Min; Gifford, James
Project FOCAL Point is a multi-strand project designed to increase female participation in the computing sciences. The project targets two crucial groups: high school computing teachers and female high school students. Features include a two-week teacher workshop, a one-week Computer Camp for Young Women, mini-grant projects and a follow-up conference for teacher participants, and listservs for both teacher and student participants. This paper focuses on the teacher participant responses and reactions to the two-week teacher workshop during the project's inaugural (pilot) event. Workshop objectives included: acquaint teachers with gender issues as related to computing; help teachers become aware of unconscious biases they may possess about the culture of computing; introduce teachers to instructional practices known to appeal to women and girls; provide teachers with career information; and provide teachers with technology-related content knowledge and skills. The evaluation study examined changes in computer attitudes and skills reported by teachers as a result of their participation in the workshop. Although not overwhelming, results indicated that the workshop was successful in meeting its objectives. (C0jtains 5 figures, 1 table, and 13 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A