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Why Don’t Young Adults Choose Computer Science Study Programs?

  • In this contribution, we describe the activities and promotion programs installed at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University as an institution and at the Department of Computer Science respectively for increasing the total number of computer science students and in particular the female rate. We report about our experiences in addressing gender aspects in education and try to evaluate the outcome of our programs with respect to our equal rights for women strategy. We propose a closer look at mental self-theories enabled by E-portfolios to address also gender issues in Computer Science. Moreover, reasons are identified and discussed which may be responsible for the reduced interest in particular of female young adults to choose a computer science study program.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Subtitle (English):Self-Perception and Gender Aspects in Computer Science Education
Parent Title (English):Varis, Puukko (Eds.): Challenges of Global eLearning: Soul, Spirit and Skill
First Page:85
Last Page:102
Publisher:Tampereen yliopisto
Publication year:2010
Ubiquitous ICT for sustainable education and cultural literacy, Hämeenlinna, Finland, 6-7 October 2008
Tag:Gender Issues in Computer Science Education; Human Factors; Management; Measurement
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Informatik
Institute of Visual Computing (IVC)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 37 Bildung und Erziehung / 378 Hochschulbildung
Entry in this database:2015/04/02