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The Problem in the Eye of the Beholder: Working with Gender Reforms in Computer Engineering
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, ISSN 2040-0748, Vol. 3, no 2, 446-459 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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2011. Vol. 3, no 2, 446-459 p.
Keyword [en]
engineering education, disciplinary cultures, gender and ICT
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-192491OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-192491DiVA: diva2:592966

The article investigates problems in making computer engineering education more

gender-inclusive. The two models which have been used to explain the dearth of

women in computer engineering education are presented. The first one, mainly used

by computer engineering faculty as a basis for a number of measures designed to

recruit more women, is based on gender differences among students. The second

one, mainly used by gender researchers, is based on an examination of the

educational and cultural context of computer engineering education, and in particular

its underlying values and ethos. With its starting point in the gender research model,

the article discusses the difficulties of cooperation between gender researchers and

engineering faculty in relation to working together on the problem of few women in

computer engineering education. In addition to differences in perspective, additional

issues such as language and status differences are discussed.

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