Gender Digital Divide and Challenges in Undergraduate Computer Science Programs

Authors

  • Dorian Stoilescu University of Toronto
  • Douglas McDougall OISE/University of Toronto

Abstract

Previous research revealed a reduced number of female students registered in computer science studies feeling isolated, having reduced confidence, and underperforming. This article explores differences between female and male students in undergraduate computer science programs in a mid-size university in Ontario. Based on Kelly's (2008) three levels of digital divide (resources, instruction, and culture specific knowledge), we explored gender specific challenges for each level. The research shows that, while the first level of digital divide is difficult to detect and the second layer is easily detectable, the third layer of digital divide is particularly pervasive and has a disconcerting outcome. 

Key words: digital divide; computer science education; higher education; gender equity.

Published

2011-04-04

How to Cite

Stoilescu, D., & McDougall, D. (2011). Gender Digital Divide and Challenges in Undergraduate Computer Science Programs. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 34(1), 308–333. Retrieved from https://journals.sfu.ca/cje/index.php/cje-rce/article/view/461

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