ERIC Number: ED452367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Women and Minorities in High-Tech Careers. ERIC Digest No. 226.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Women and minorities are underrepresented in technology-related careers for many reasons, including lack of access, level of math and science achievement, and emotional and social attitudes about computer capabilities. Schools and teachers can use the following strategies to attract women and minorities to high-tech careers and prepare them for work: (1) connect technology to female and minority students' interests; (2) work to change social attitudes; (3) involve business in developing the skills needed for high-tech occupations; and (4) provide career information. Collaborative and cooperative learning environments are additional effective teaching strategies for technology learning because they promote learning through social interaction with others. Additional strategies for increasing female and minority students' interest in technology are to introduce technology in the middle grades and provide mentors and role models. Schools can facilitate gender equity and leadership development by employing the following policies: (1) select software free of gender and ethnic bias; (2) ensure that computer laboratories are accessible to each gender, ethnic group, and income level, as well as to students with disabilities; (3) encourage the incorporation of technology strategies within all sectors of the curriculum; (4) provide staff training in technology; and (5) periodically review and revise equity policies as necessary. (Contains 15 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Career Education, Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Computer Attitudes, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Employed Women, Employment Patterns, Equal Education, Information Needs, Job Training, Leadership, Literature Reviews, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Nontraditional Occupations, Recruitment, Role Models, Sex Fairness, Technical Occupations, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Womens Education
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.