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ERIC Number: EJ1146961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-20
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
Factors Affecting Women's Decisions to Pursue an IS Degree: A Case Study
Serapiglia, Constance Patricia; Lenox, Terri L.
Information Systems Education Journal, v8 n12 Apr 2010
The declining participation of women in the computer-related professions is a concern to academia and business. There appears to be a complex set of factors influencing the selection of a major and completing the degree. A case study of 25 undergraduate women explored, in detail, the events, conditions, and relationships that affected the decision of women to pursue the study of Computer Information Systems. Four themes were identified: (a) Influence by male role models, (b) positive introduction to computers/technology in the home and school, (c) a natural affinity for problem solving, figuring out how it works and meeting the challenges of an always-changing field, need to prove they can do it, and (d) greater opportunity for higher salary.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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