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ERIC Number: EJ779805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Breaking the Geek Myth: Addressing Young Women's Misperceptions about Technology Careers
Siek, Katie A.; Connelly, Kay; Stephano, Amanda; Menzel, Suzanne; Bauer, Jacki; Plale, Beth
Learning & Leading with Technology, v33 n7 p19-22 Apr 2006
Some women have various misconceptions about technology careers. Some of them think that one has to be a geek in order to become a computer scientist. When the Women in Computing Group at Indiana University (WIC@IU) was looking for ideas on how to increase the number of women in computing majors at IU, the authors realized that women were turning away from technology careers before they arrived at college. The authors realized that the solution in convincing women to pursue technology careers is to reach out to regional middle and high school students who are likely to attend IU and persuade them to consider a career in technology. The goal is to dispel common stereotypes about people who work with technology, in essence, to break the geek myth. In this article, the authors describe their interactive presentation--Just Be--and discuss their experiences delivering it. Just Be is a presentation wherein the presenters discuss how they got involved in computing when they were younger, their current work, and what they do outside of work for fun. (Contains 6 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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