Changing stereotypes key to getting girls interested in computer science

Stereotypes can be a powerful force in discouraging girls from pursuing careers in computer science.

Two new University of Washington studies examine how stereotypes—that computer scientists are mostly geeky, brilliant and socially awkward males—effectively steer girls away from computer . And the papers give some practical insights for how can counteract the stereotypes and make the field more inclusive.

The work is by three UW researchers: Sapna Cheryan of the UW psychology department, and Andrew Meltzoff and Allison Master of UW's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.

In one study, the UW team reports that female computer science teachers can help high school girls be interested in the field, especially if the are worried about negative computer science stereotypes. The study was done with hundreds of Seattle-area students, is not embargoed and will be published in an upcoming issue of the International Review of Social Psychology.


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Feb 15, 2015
Lets ignore the fact that boys do worse in nearly all subjects. But this one subject gender difference is clearly far more important...priorities all in the wrong place as usual.

Feb 15, 2015
These "stereotypes" are based on deep disinterest of girls about technical disciplines: computer programming, electronic construction, etc. This is the photo from Linux developer conference - note that this is solely voluntary activity, doing as a hobby - and we can still see only one girl (and none black person, btw) in the crowd. Do the authors of this study really think, this is just an accident? If they still think so, then they're not competent to do some social science studies at all.

Feb 16, 2015
These "stereotypes" are based on deep disinterest of girls about technical disciplines: ... note that this is solely voluntary activity, doing as a hobby - and we can still see only one girl (and none black person, btw) in the crowd
@lesea/ZEPHIR
so now you want to play racist & sexist?
perhaps you should bust some of those preconceived notions you hold so dear and think are so true
http://www.ted.co...debunked

ANYWAY- its not accidental, it is stereotyping and still being believed
The article even says
Stereotypes can be a powerful force in discouraging girls from pursuing careers in computer science
so they talk about how to break the stereotype
get the girls interested in it
promote it for change

i am hoping that more women get involved

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