Approaching Computer Science - an Austrian Case Study

M. Pohl, M. Lanzenberger:
"Approaching Computer Science - an Austrian Case Study";
in:"Encyclopedia of Gender and Information Technology", E. Trauth (Hrg.); Idea Group Publishing, 2006, ISBN: 1-59140-815-6, S. 970 - 975.

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Abstract:


The under-representation of women in Computer Science seems to be quite a complex phenomenon. Many different reasons have been offered to explain the lack of participation of women in computing but we still do not know enough about the relative importance of these reasons. In Austria, some of the explanations given for the under-representation of women in Computer Science do not hold anymore, as, for example, lack of access to computer technology. Our own questionnaire and the micro census data both indicate that there is a tendency to more equal access among younger age groups. The future will show whether these changes will lead to a higher percentage of female students of Computer Science in the long run.