Gender, perceptions, and reality: Technological literacy among first-year students

Elinor M. Madigan, Marianne Goodfellow, Jeffrey A. Stone

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Abstract

Recent studies have found that gender gaps in information and communication technology (ICT) skills exist, despite changing gender role expectations for men and women. In this paper we report on survey results from an ongoing longitudinal study of ICT skills which found that - in general - first-year students were confident in their ICT skills. However, comparison of student skills in four major technology domain areas indicates that there are differences between the male and fale first-year students in levels of confidence. We also report on a second, follow-up study designed to examine the actual ICT skills of the first-year students. This investigation indicates that both male and fale students have greater confidence than actual skill. The study also found that both male and fale students have approximately the same level of actual ICT skills. These findings suggest that fale students, although possessing ICT skills similar to their male counterparts, do not perceive thselves as competent users of technology. These differences in ICT skill confidence have implications for fluency with technology in acadia as well as the recruitment and retention of women in the Computer and Information Sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2007
Subtitle of host publication38th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Pages410-414
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007
EventSIGCSE 2007: 38th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education - Covington, KY, United States
Duration: Mar 7 2007Mar 10 2007

Publication series

NameSIGCSE 2007: 38th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Other

OtherSIGCSE 2007: 38th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
CountryUnited States
CityCovington, KY
Period3/7/073/10/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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    Madigan, E. M., Goodfellow, M., & Stone, J. A. (2007). Gender, perceptions, and reality: Technological literacy among first-year students. In SIGCSE 2007: 38th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 410-414). (SIGCSE 2007: 38th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education). https://doi.org/10.1145/1227310.1227453