Building Intellectual Capital in Young Women in IT
Gypsy Abbott, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States ; Claudia Morrell, Center for Women and Information Technology, United States ; Bonnie Bracey, George Lucas Foundation, United States ; Rose Scripa, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States ; Lisa Bievenue, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Research has indicated that females of all ages are consistently less confident than males in their technology skills, even when it is unwarranted, and girls with lower levels of confidence in using technology have been reported to be less likely to choose courses that involve heavy or extensive computer or technology use. A starting point to address this issue is to provide professional development for teachers to bolster their own confidence in using technology. In this panel, a group of experts in the areas of gender equity, technology, and computer science will report on current status of gender equity as well as issues involved in building intellectual, as well as social, capital in future generations of young women in IT. In addition, each panelist will recommend future directions to increase both types of capital in young women. The presentation by panel members will be limited to 30 minutes and audience participation will be encouraged.
Abbott, G., Morrell, C., Bracey, B., Scripa, R. & Bievenue, L. (2006). Building Intellectual Capital in Young Women in IT. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 765-769). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).