Gender-fair Education in Practical and Project Work in Computer Science
Research Project , 2020 – 2021

Practical and project work is the core of our education in computer science and engineering. However, especially in computer science this form of learning needs to be critically examined regarding gender equality. Given insights from literature and from Chalmers’ yearly student barometer, we have the concern that women might be likely to benefit less from team and project-based learning in computer science as well as that women are likely to have limited access to online learning resources (impacting the benefit of project-based learning). In this project we investigate how the factors and mechanisms known from literature affect women studying in practical and project courses in computer science at Chalmers and GU on the example of the project-heavy software engineering education. Depending on the results of this assessment, we aim to develop interventions that will allow teachers to illustrate how software development teams can benefit from positive effects of gender diversity and help students to become aware of and overcome negative biases, and provide strategies for our female students to benefit from online resources. Our aim is to minimize stress and social isolation, as well as to improve learning prospects for female students.

Participants

Regina Hebig (contact)

Universitetslektor vid Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering for Testing, Requirements, Innovation and Psychology

Richard Berntsson Svensson

Universitetslektor vid Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering for Testing, Requirements, Innovation and Psychology

Niklas Broberg

Universitetslektor vid Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Information Security

Funding

GENIE, Chalmers Gender Initiative for Excellence

Funding Chalmers participation during 2020–2021

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Information and Communication Technology

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Latest update

2020-03-19