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Resources for #caschat 27th October 2015 8:00pm to 9:00pm How do we get more girls into computing/computer science

Resources for #caschat - 27th Oct - How do we get more girls into computing/computer science?

Jane Waite @janewaite

Created by Jane Waite @janewaite
last edited Jul 12 2017 by Simon Humphreys


Unconscious Bias

CAS Include

CAS Include CAS has a specialist group who run activities and events for any interested in supporting more girls to take up Computing. They do a lot more besides including e.g. race, socio-economic status, SEN and pupils with disabilities. It’s a volunteer led group and always keen to recruit more! Contact Carrie-Anne Philbin for more information

A starter for 10

(Some of these are very old resources … tell me about newer ones.)

Some stats

The latest figures from the Institute of Engineering and Technology show that women make up just 3% of IT and computing engineers in the UK. Like university course acceptances, the number has stagnated for five years.

Computing saw the biggest jump in entrants for GCSEs this year, rising by a whopping 111 per cent on last year as humanities took the largest plunge in candidates. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/provisional-gcse-and-equivalent-results-in-england-2014-to-2015 Of the 33,500 taking the subject in 2015 5,430 were girls 16%.

http://www.jcq.org.uk/examination-results/a-levels/2015/a-as-and-aea-results-summer-2015 According to the Joint Council - 456 girls in UK took A level computing in 2015. A 45% increase from 314 in 2014. A total of 5383 pupils sat A level computing. Girls making up
9% of the total. (The total number of pupils sitting A level computing rose by 30% last year).

Of the c.17000 students who got a GCSE in Computing last summer, only 15% were girls. However, evidence shows that girls outperform boys in achieving the highest grades. In 2014 the number of young women achieving an A Level in Computing was only 7% of the total cohort. So how can teachers encourage more young women to study Computing at GCSE and A Level?

Are stereotypes the key?

Girls may avoid computer science courses because current prevailing stereotypes of the field signal to them that they do not belong. However, providing them with an educational environment that does not fit current computer science stereotypes increases their interest in computer science courses and could provide grounds for interventions to help reduce gender disparities in computer science enrollment. Stereotypes undermine Girls Interest…

What other initiatives are there?

It’s not just a UK problem

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