ERIC Number: ED477083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
"Citizen Jane": Rethinking Design Principles for Closing the Gender Gap in Computing.
This paper identifies three rationales in the relevant literature for closing the gender gap in computing: economic, cultural and political. Each rationale implies a different set of indicators of present inequalities, disparate goals for creating equality, and distinct principles for software and web site design that aims to help girls overcome the gender gap by increasing their interest and knowledge about computing. It is suggested that designers should pay greater attention to the political rationale for equity, conceiving software and Web sites that cultivate girls' civic uses of computers, so that women can exercise equal control over the architecture and policy of the information age. (Contains 28 references and 2 figures.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software Development, Computer System Design, Computer Use, Design Preferences, Designers, Equal Education, Females, Information Technology, Sex Differences
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), P.O. Box 3728, Norfolk, VA 23514. Tel: 757-623-7588; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.aace.org/DL/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: ED-MEDIA 2002 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Proceedings (14th, Denver, Colorado, June 24-29, 2002); see IR 021 687.