Digital Divas: Putting the Wow into Computing for Girls
monographposted on 18.08.2020, 23:38 by Julie Fisher, Catherine Lang, Annemieke Craig, Helen Forgasz, Amber McLeod
As is well documented, there is a distinct under-representation of girls studying computing at high school level and, correspondingly, going on to have careers in IT. To address this problem, in 2007 the authors of this book, with backgrounds in secondary teaching or IT, trialled a new and revolutionary program in schools: ‘Digital Divas’. Based on the idea that it was possible to change girls’ perceptions of IT careers with educationally sound materials that tapped into their interests, and that were delivered in all-girl classes within the school curriculum, the Digital Divas program was a great success. In Digital Divas: Putting the Wow into Computing for Girls, Fischer, Lang, Craig and Forgasz recount what they did and how they did it, and reflect on the significance of this program, which has indisputably led to an increased self-sufficiency with IT amongst girls, challenged stereotyped understandings of IT as a male activity, and increased the pursuit of IT careers by young women.
Title made available open access thanks to the generous support of the Knowledge Unlatched project.
Knowledge Unlatched ISBN9781922235879
Size234mm x 153mm
PublisherMonash University Publishing
Print publication date1/01/2016
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