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ERIC Number: EJ874330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0816-9020
Secondary Girls' Perceptions of Advanced ICT Subjects: Are They Boring and Irrelevant?
Timms, Carolyn; Courtney, Lyn; Anderson, Neil
Australian Educational Computing, v21 n2 p3-8 Dec 2006
This paper reports on two questions from a survey of year 11 and 12 girls' perceptions of the two advanced computing subjects available within Education Queensland (EQ). The two subjects are Information Processing Technology (IPT) and Information Technology Systems (ITS). Similar to trends in other western countries, the Queensland experience demonstrates that the number of girls enrolling in IPT and ITS are declining to a level which causes concern. Therefore engaging girls in advanced level computing subjects has become a priority. Girls from 26 government (GS) and non government schools (NGS) (n = 1453) participated in a survey which was conducted by members of the research team at James Cook University(JCU) as part of a larger Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant project. The current paper examines responses to "The subjects are interesting" and "I am interested in computers" with particular attention to how attitudes of Non Takers of IPT/ITS diverge from those of Takers. Mann-Whitney U test comparisons found significant difference in attitudes between these groups. These data were reinforced with rich qualitative responses indicating these subjects were generally perceived by girls in high school, as boring, dull and uninteresting. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia