Digital Careers released a new report, Female participation in school computing: reversing the trend, over the weekend at a panel discussion exploring different techniques to engage young women in technology fields. The report contains key figures and statistics, a literature review, strategies, findings and recommendations.
The report draws its research from a broad range of leaders from academia, government, professional associations, and the private sector to reach a consensus analysis using the Delphi process. According to the report, the following strategies were deemed the most effective when addressing low female participation in computer science education within the Australian context:
Engaging girls in the Digital Technologies Curriculum;
Parental preconceptions and influences;
Role Models and Mentors;
Digital Technologies activities for girls.
The discussion was part of Vivid Sydney and included presentations on the report and two panel discussions featuring practitioners and experts implementing effective programming for young women in technology. The report and event are sponsored by Intel Australia/New Zealand, while the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) is listed as a collaborator.