Gender Issues in Learning and Working with Information Technology: Social Constructs and Cultural Contexts

Gender Issues in Learning and Working with Information Technology: Social Constructs and Cultural Contexts

Shirley Booth (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Sara Goodman (Lund University, Sweden), and Gill Kirkup (Open University, UK)
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Release Date: May, 2010|Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 350
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-813-5
ISBN13: 9781615208135|ISBN10: 1615208135|EISBN13: 9781615208142
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Description:

Gender, equity, learning, and information technology can intersect to form a theoretical and abstract field of knowledge emanating from very real, concrete, lived experiences.

Gender Issues in Learning and Working with Technology: Social Constructs and Cultural Contexts discusses the social studies of information technology, specifically how IT skills are learned and how such skills are gendered. This book draws upon the disciplines of sociology, education, cultural and media studies, and gender studies, using a variety of research methods and theoretical perspectives to approach gender and IT in different contexts: education settings, work settings and everyday life. This unique reference source brings to light gender relations and IT, examining them in a multidimensional way.

Coverage:

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Adolescents’ Education and Sexuality
  • Entering a Gender Specific Workplace
  • Feminism and the Workplace
  • Gender and Adult Education
  • Gender in Distance Education
  • Gender Performance in Virtual Learning Groups
  • Gender Relations in IT Education
  • Gender Stereotypes
  • Gendered Knowledge Production in Universities
  • Web 2.0 and Gender
  • Women in Computer Science
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[This book] takes on issues from individual women making their way to higher education with the help of IT, to forming networks for women taking on a new role of computer scientist in the restrictive culture of Afghanistan, and to proposing a manifesto for e-learning that would embrace all higher education and place it on a footing of a feminist ethic.

– Madeleine Cæsar, Former CEO of the Knowledge Foundation, Sweden

This book offers a unique collection of interdisciplinary work adding to the growing field of Gender and ICT research. With its international perspective and wide range of topics it provides new insights into old problems as well as forging new avenues for further research. The issues and debates raised in this book are vital reading for anyone concerned about gender equity and the role of technologies in all aspects of our lives.

– Clem Herman: Editor, I nternational Journal of Gender, Science and Technology

ICT is one of the most significant driving forces of knowledge society. Gender still belongs to the influential categories whereby inequalities are perpetually re-established in our societies. For all those who want to understand how the power relations are reproduced again and again and how this can be changed, this book is a must!

– Heidi Schelhowe, Professor for Digital Media in Education, University of Bremen, Germany

The rich diversity of perspectives offered through this new scholarly work will enrich many fields of work and study, add to our understanding of gender and SET, and create new learning among multiple disciplines. The complexity of the issues is explored in thoughtful articles that can both challenge our thinking and support our efforts to ensure the knowledge society benefits us all.

– Claudia Morrell Executive director of the Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT) University of Maryland USA
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Shirley Booth is, at the time of writing, Professor at the Wits School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and at the same time visiting professor in the Department of Education at University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She initiated the network of researchers with interests in gender, learning and IT under the auspices of the LearnIT research programme of the Knowledge Foundation of Sweden, which ultimately led to this book. Her own research interest is primarily learning and teaching in higher education, in particular in the areas of the mathematical, natural and engineering sciences, and also in teacher education. Her doctoral thesis concerned students learning to programme, and the methodological approach she used there, phenomenography, has remained an abiding research interest. She co-authored the book Learning and Awareness with Professor Ference Marton, where phenomenography was developed further into a theory of variation and learning.
Sara Goodman, FL, MS, is a lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden and coordinates the international masters program Master of Science in Social Studies of Gender at the Faculty of Social Science. Between 1998 and 2004, she lead the development of the gender studies education at Lund University and has received two awards for contributions in teaching: in 2005, the Lund University Prize for Teaching and in 2002, the Social Science Faculty Award for the Course of the Year. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and have focused on work, knowledge, gender, science and technology studies, information technology as well as the Third World studies in different constellations. More recently her research interests have also focused upon the teaching and development of gender studies as well as critical feminist pedagogy. Sara Goodman has represented Lund University in ATHENA( Advanced Thematic Network on Higher Education in Women’s Studies 1998 – 2009) since its inception and she has served as a member of the ATHENA taskforce for the last nine years. She currently is a member of a research project, Physics and Learning in Groups based at Chalmers School of Engineering and Gothenburg University.
Gill Kirkup, Dr., B.A., B.Ed., M. Phil, Ph.D, is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, UK. She is also the Head of Research, Data and Policy at the UK Resources Centre for Women in Science Engineering and Technology 2008-2011, part-time secondment. Gill Kirkup has researched and written about gender and technology for more than twenty years. Her publications record is very long it includes three co-authored books and three co-edited books: over forty chapters in books and over 30 journal articles. The book she co-authored with Ruth Carter "Women in Engineering: A Good Place to Be?" Macmillan (1990) remains a foundational text on the work and lives of women engineers. Her work is also involved with understanding the operation of gender in distance education and the gendering of ICTs for learning. Since the 1980s this work has been done in collaboration with colleagues from a number of European countries, in particular Germany, Netherlands and Sweden. Gill Kirkup is also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, member of the Association of Learning Technologies, member of the Fawcett Society. Represented the Open University (UK) in Athena ( Advanced Thematic Network on Higher Education in Women’s Studies) 1999- 2009.
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Editorial Advisory Board

Alison Adam, University of Salford, UK

Aino-Maija Hiltunen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Ove Jobring, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Erna Kotkamp, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Göran Larsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Janet Macdonald, University of Scotland, UK

Birgitta Nordén, Malmö University, Sweden

Ruksana Osman, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Christine von Prümmer, FernUniversität, Germany

Irina Schmitt, Lund University, Sweden