Building towards a more inclusive computing learning experience: Exploring aesthetic techniques to enhance Welsh school children’s engagement with programming.
Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Conference 2021
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Despite efforts over the last fifteen years to encourage more girls into studying computing, the number of females in IT in the UK has continued to decline. To add to this, the shift in the UK towards computer science (CS) from ICT has further had an impact on the number of girls choosing further computing qualifications or pursuing computing as a career (Kemp, 2020). This aligns with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) figures (2020) which show that Higher Education (HE) student enrolments in UK (2018/2019) for computer science shows 21, 080 (females) to 93, 535 (male). Moreover, a recent British Computing Society (BCS) report (2020) shows that the level of female representation in IT varies by nation/region but even at its highest in Wales, women accounted for just 21% of IT specialists. Many have found that it is girls' lack of engagement with technology at school which is causing fewer women entering the Information Technology (IT) workforce (Lang et al., 2020).
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Carroll, F. & Faruque, R. (2021). Building towards a more inclusive computing learning experience: Exploring aesthetic techniques to enhance Welsh school children’s engagement with programming. Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Conference 2021.
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