ERIC Number: ED450188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Gender and Technology: Designing for Diversity.
Bennett, Dorothy; Brunner, Cornelia; Honey, Margaret
The Center for Children and Technology is investigating issues of gender and diversity in how students, particularly girls, engage with technology. It studies how people construct meaning in relation to different technological environments, examining social and cultural barriers affecting people's engagement with technology. It also investigates technological environments that engage diverse learners. It finds that the gender problem is highly overdetermined, particularly regarding technology. It is important to engage both boys and girls with technology, incorporating multiple perspectives and varying themes. In education, this means identifying alternative pathways that invite students to engage in different kinds of relationships to technology. One telementoring program links high school girls to female professionals in science and technology fields for ongoing advice and support. This program includes facilitated group discussions with online scenarios in which participants respond to hypothetical situations relevant to their own lives. Researchers must use a constructivist approach to understanding, with diverse learners invited into flexible technological environments that do not restrict parameters for engagement to predetermined sets of metaphors, images, storylines, or pathways. (SM)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Diversity (Student), Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Gender Issues, Sex Stereotypes, Socioeconomic Influences
Education Development Center, Inc., Center for Children and Technology, 96 Morton Street, New York, NY 10014. Tel: 212-807-4200.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, New York, NY. Center for Children and Technology.