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ERIC Number: EJ943198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5284
Surprising Possibilities Imagined and Realized through Information Technology: Encouraging High School Girls' Interests in Information Technology
Forssen, Anna; Lauriski-Karriker, Tonya; Harriger, Alka; Moskal, Barbara
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v12 n5-6 p46-57 Jul-Sep 2011
SPIRIT is a three year project designed to increase high school students' interests in and their desire to pursue IT careers. This paper examines the results of the project during its second year of implementation. All student participants, and in particular female students, experienced a positive change in perception of gender stereotypes in IT after attending the SPIRIT program (p=0.028 and p=0.022, respectively). Participating teachers' and counselors' attitudes with respect to professionals in IT improved after attending SPIRIT (p=0.046 and p=0.022, respectively). Emergent theme analysis of the short answer responses to the attitude survey provides additional insights concerning the program's impact. (Contains 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A