Digital Divas: Putting the Wow into Computing for Girls
Julie Fisher
Computers & Technology
Digital Divas: Putting the Wow into Computing for Girls

The geek is male. Or so it seems. As is well documented, there is a distinct under-representation of girls studying computing at high school level and, correspondingly, going on to have careers in IT.

To address this problem in 2007 the authors of this book, with backgrounds in secondary teaching or IT, trialled a new and revolutionary program in schools: ‘Digital Divas’.

The Digital Divas program, based on the idea that it was possible to change girls’ perceptions of IT careers with educationally sound materials that tapped into their interests and were delivered in all-girl classes within the school curriculum, was a great success.

In Digital Divas: Putting the Wow into Computing for Girls, Fisher, Lang, Craig and Forgasz recount what they did and how they did it and reflect on the significance of this program, which has indisputably led to an increased self-sufficiency with IT amongst girls, challenged stereotyped understandings of IT as a male activity, and increased the pursuit of IT careers by young women.

Print edition available from Monash University Publishing.

Front cover
Title page
Imprint and copyright information
About the Authors
Chapter 1. The Digital Divas Project
Chapter 2. Evaluating Digital Divas
Chapter 3. Research Design
Chapter 4. Background
Chapter 5. Spheres of Influence
Chapter 6. Changing Girls' Perceptions of IT
Chapter 7. The Ripple Effect
Chapter 8. The Wider Community
Chapter 9. Concluding Remarks
Appendix A - The Schools
Appendix B - Student Survey Instruments
Pre- Survey for Students
Post- Survey for Students
Appendix C - Teacher Survey Instruments
Pre- Survey for Teachers
Post- Survey for Teachers
Appendix D - Focus Group and Interview Instruments
Pre- Focus Group Questions for Girls
Post- Focus Group Questions for Girls
Focus Group Questions for Girls who Completed the Program One or Two Years Previously
Pre-Interview Unstructured Questions for Teachers
Post- Unstructured Interview Questions for Teachers
Expert Diva Weekly Reflections Questions
Post- Interview Questions for Expert Divas
Appendix E - Wider Community Survey Instruments
Parent Questionnaire
Teacher Questionnaire
Student Questionnaire
Group Interview Questions
Back cover
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