Now I know what ICT can do for me!

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Clayton, Kaylene
Beekhuyzen, Jenine
Nielsen, Sue
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2012
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Theunder-representationofwomenenteringintoinformationandcom- munication technology (ICT) programmes is a long-standing problem. While ICT continues to be increasingly accepted and integrated into everyday life, gender stereotypes prevail in ICT turning female students away from ICT as an occupa- tion. Based on existing literature on factors influencing girls' career choices and on an empirical qualitative study in three schools in Australia, a conceptualisation of the influence of middle-school experiences on girls' ICT study and career choices is presented. This conceptualisation is used as a guide to evaluate a recent intervention programme aimed at promoting ICT study and work opportunities to middle-school girls. A number of recommendations for future programmes are provided, highlighting the need to study how subcultures that support ICT career choices develop and are supported in Australian schools.

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Information Systems Journal

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22

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5

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Information systems

Information systems philosophy, research methods and theory

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