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ERIC Number: ED550906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 134
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2679-8805-8
Dwindling Numbers of Female Computer Students: What Are We Missing?
Saulsberry, Donna
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University
There is common agreement among researchers that women are under-represented in both 2-year and 4-year collegiate computer study programs. This leads to women being under-represented in the computer industry which may be limiting the progress of technology developments that will benefit mankind. It may also be depriving women of the opportunity to participate in a challenging, economically lucrative career. The under-representation of women in computing has received much attention among collegiate computing programs, government funded research organizations such as the National Science Foundation, and the computer industry itself. But, in spite of twenty years of research, the number of women graduating with computer degrees continues to decline, suggesting that perhaps there are causal factors that have not been identified. This phenomenological study is an alternate approach to researchers postulating what factors are discouraging women and then attempting to validate them; the researcher asked a group of female students who are pursuing a computer technology degree at a community college to describe experiences which have affected their academic success. A significant finding was that the women struggled to understand the deductive problem solving method used by the instructors and the pace of the classes made it difficult for them to work out their own problem solving approach. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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