Preparing young women for computer science careers – Grab bag

Preparing young women for computer science careers – Grab bag – Brief Article

Several well-paying computer occupations are among the fastest growing occupations in the economy through 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Yet women continue to be underrepresented in the computer science field. What can educators do to narrow that gender gap? Prepare them better, writes Cynthia Lanius in “GirlTECH: Getting Girls Interested in Computer Science.”

Simply liking computers, which Lanius says girls often respond that they do, is not enough to prepare them for computer science careers. High school gifts are less likely than boys to take high-level mathematics, science, and computer science courses–all necessary training for studying computer science in college. But ask any college student who has changed majors: interest in a subject doesn’t go very far if you’re struggling to make up for lost preparation.

To see Lanius’s article online, visit math.rice.edu/~lanius/club/girls3.html. It is also available through the online digest of the Women’s Educational Equity Act Resource Center, which provides information and resources on gender equity in education. Contact the Center at 55 Chapel St., Newton, MA 02458; 1 (800) 225-3088; www.edc.org/womensequity.

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