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Why female students do not enroll in ICT university courses?

Fri 31.3.2017 11:57 pm

While graduate enrollments generally evidence a substantial balance or even a female predominance, girls are definitively reluctant to pursue ICT academic studies: in this courses, girls typically account for 10% to 20% of students of every level (bachelor, master, doctoral degree). The consequent under-representation of females in ICT studies and careers results not only in a massive loss of talent for companies and economies, but also in a technology divide that perpetuates disadvantage among women.
The under-representation of women within the student population of ICT courses appears to be caused by cultural issues, including gender stereotypes and lack of female role models in ICT fields. These disciplines are perceived as "male" courses by the students, differently from many other academic disciplines and even from some STEM discipline, like mathematics. Programming is mostly seen as a male activity, only attracting nerds and geeks.

How can reverse cultural stereotypes and attract female students towards ICT-related studies?

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The presence of summer camps organized by the university and dedicated to female students from high schools may help to promote the participation of women in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) studies.  Laboratory activities focused on a learning-by-doing approach are likely to have a two-fold positive effect: 1) smoothly and nicely introduce girls to computer science and to a “smart” technological world; 2) give girls a better understanding of what ICT actually is and how it can be applied to different and multidisciplinary fields.

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Since cultural issues and stereotypes are generally recognized to be the main causes of gender inequalities, the countermeasures should involve the younger generations, integrating specific contents into the educational programs of middle or even elementary schools.

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A solution could be to reinforce the current academic curriculum counseling with activities dedicated to female high school students, aimed at guiding girls towards ICT disciplines.

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A solution could be to reinforce the current academic curriculum counseling with activities dedicated to female high school students, aimed at guiding girls towards ICT disciplines.

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Since cultural issues and stereotypes are generally recognized to be the main causes of gender inequalities, the countermeasures should involve the younger generations, integrating specific contents into the educational programs of middle or even elementary schools.

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The presence of summer camps organized by the university and dedicated to female students from high schools may help to promote the participation of women in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) studies.  Laboratory activities focused on a learning-by-doing approach are likely to have a two-fold positive effect: 1) smoothly and nicely introduce girls to computer science and to a “smart” technological world; 2) give girls a better understanding of what ICT actually is and how it can be applied to different and multidisciplinary fields.

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