Geek goddesses go to school : A study of female pre-service teachers in information technology courses
Lloyd, Margaret M. (2009) Geek goddesses go to school : A study of female pre-service teachers in information technology courses. In BERA 2009 Annual Conference, September 2-5, University of Manchester, Manchester . (In Press)
Various reasons have been proffered for female under-representation in tertiary information technology (IT) courses and the IT industry with most relating to cultural moirés. The 2006 Geek Goddess calendar was designed to alter IT’s “geeky image” and the term is used here to represent young women enrolled in pre-service IT teaching courses. Their special mix of IT and teaching draws on conflicting stereotypes and represents a micro-climate which is typically lost in studies of IT occupations because of the aggregation of all IT roles. This paper will report on a small-scale investigation of female students (N=25) at a university in Queensland (Australia) studying to become teachers of secondary IT subjects. They are entering the IT industry, gendered as a “male” occupation, through the safe space of teaching a discipline allied to feminine qualities of nurturing. They are “geek goddesses” who – perhaps to balance the masculine and feminine of these occupations - have decided to go to school rather than into corporations or government.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Additional Information:||This paper will be listed on the BEI (British Educational Index)|
|Keywords:||gender, IT education, teacher education, secondary IT , informatics|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research|
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2009 Margaret Lloyd|
|Deposited On:||11 Aug 2009 08:41|
|Last Modified:||25 Mar 2013 18:09|
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