Tuesday, June 30, 2009

ICT gender gap: stereotyped thinking continues to impact females’ choice of tech careers


My team at European Schoolnet just completed our white paper financed by Cisco.

From the press release:

"A high number of female students are not pursuing further studies or careers in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, despite having good basic computing skills, according to a study and white paper by European Schoolnet, commissioned by Cisco. The study can be downloaded from www.eun.org/whitepaper."

Some key recommendations from the report to address the problem:
  • Public-private partnership could play a role in changing perceptions about industry, by giving access to more realistic and authentic information about ICT and ICT careers.

  • Need to ensure accurate information about ICT is available to teachers, pupils and their parents.

  • Numerous initiatives launched, but mainstreaming is required to have a systemic impact.

6 comments:

aine said...

Hey Alexa. The paper picked up some very interesting coverage in the Netherlands. Will email it to you. Hope you are well - John E very impressed with the ILB meeting last month. a

Lexa said...

Great! Thanks for the PR links. Glad he enjoyed the meeting. Now we're working hard on e-Skills week 2010 and will pick up the gender issue there too.

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