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Low share of young women among Information Systems Bachelor students

Tue 7.3.2017 12:11 am

The issue of the lack of women at higher academic levels (professors, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers) in Information Systems (IS) research institutions starts with their low rates among those who select IS as a study programme for Bachelor studies. This seems to be the root problem for the overall under-representation of women in the IS field. There are several reasons that might discourage young women to enter the IS field. Often young women have a distorted and even wrong image of IS careers. They might perceive such careers as uninteresting, while lacking a comprehensive understanding of their variety. Horizontal gender segregation exists in Germany, meaning that the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), specifically the IS field and academia in general, are perceived as masculine domains. The lack of visible role models of women working in the IS field reinforce this stereotype. What could be efficient interventions that impact schoolgirls’ choice to study IS?

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Note: Interventions are specific activities aimed at changing a state of affairs (e.g., Craig, 2015).

- Increase the presence of the Information Systems (IS) study programme in the already existing at the University of Muenster (WWU) interventions aimed at motivating girls to select one of the STEM study programmes (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

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- Establish new ways to promote the Information Systems (IS) study programme during the annual information days for girls (“Girls’ Day”), as well as for all secondary-school students (“Hochschultag”, career fairs).

- Explain during the information days, what IS is about (interdisciplinary and diverse field), why it is interesting, tell about the benefits and opportunities of the IS profession etc.

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- Establish regular (instead of sporadic) visits of surrounding schools.

- Explain during the visits, what Information Systems (IS) is about (interdisciplinary and diverse field), why it is interesting, tell about the benefits and opportunities of the IS profession etc.

- Underline that the IS study programme welcomes everyone and that it is an outdated stereotype that it is only for boys.

- Encourage female speakers to participate in the school visits (role models for potential female students).

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- Conduct short interviews with both female and male Information Systems (IS) students and alumni.

- Publish the interviews on the website of the Department of Information Systems.

- Make the interviews permanently accessible to ensure sustainability.

- Explain via the interviews, what IS is about (interdisciplinary and diverse field), why it is interesting, tell about the benefits and opportunities of the IS profession etc.

- Underline that the IS study programme welcomes everyone and that it is an outdated stereotype that it is only for boys.

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- Conduct short interviews with female Information Systems (IS) students and alumni (role models for potential female students).

- Publish the interviews on the website of the Department of Information Systems.

- Make the interviews permanently accessible to ensure sustainability.

- Explain via the interviews, what IS is about (interdisciplinary and diverse field), why it is interesting, tell about the benefits and opportunities of the IS profession etc.

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- Create a short promotional video about the Information Systems study programme at the University of Muenster.

- Publish the video on the website of the Department of Information Systems.

- Make the video permanently accessible to ensure sustainability.

- Explain in the video, what IS is about (interdisciplinary and diverse field), why it is interesting, tell about the benefits and opportunities of the IS profession etc.

- Underline that the IS study programme welcomes everyone and that it is an outdated stereotype that it is only for boys.

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- Establish regular (instead of sporadic) visits of surrounding schools.

- Explain during the visits, what Information Systems (IS) is about (interdisciplinary and diverse field), why it is interesting, tell about the benefits and opportunities of the IS profession etc.

- Underline that the IS study programme welcomes everyone and that it is an outdated stereotype that it is only for boys.

- Encourage female speakers to participate in the school visits (role models for potential female students).

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Note: Interventions are specific activities aimed at changing a state of affairs (e.g., Craig, 2015).

- Increase the presence of the Information Systems (IS) study programme in the already existing at the University of Muenster (WWU) interventions aimed at motivating girls to select one of the STEM study programmes (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

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- Establish new ways to promote the Information Systems (IS) study programme during the annual information days for girls (“Girls’ Day”), as well as for all secondary-school students (“Hochschultag”, career fairs).

- Explain during the information days, what IS is about (interdisciplinary and diverse field), why it is interesting, tell about the benefits and opportunities of the IS profession etc.

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Submitted by Mary Suvalova on Mon, 2017-04-10 23:14

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Submitted by Judita on Thu, 2017-05-11 17:17

Hello, I would like to here my opinion here. First of all - a good platform for discussions and sharing. Second - I myself teach in at the faculty of Informatics and I see the male/female disbalance. How to fight with this? And I see the same tendency in many countries. This is an interesting paper: Kochan, F. K., Spencer, W. A., & Mathews, J. G. (2014). Gender-based perceptions of the challenges, changes, and essential skills of the principalship. Jsl Vol 10-N4, 10, 290. I would like to learn other opinions from the people from other countries. Thanks, Judita
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