Diversity or Difference? New Research Supports the Case for a Cultural Perspective on Women in Computing

  title={Diversity or Difference? New Research Supports the Case for a Cultural Perspective on Women in Computing},
  author={Carol Frieze and Jeria L. Quesenberry and Elizabeth Kemp and Anthony Vel{\'a}zquez},
  journal={Journal of Science Education and Technology},
Gender difference approaches to the participation of women in computing have not provided adequate explanations for women’s declining interest in computer science (CS) and related technical fields. Indeed, the search for gender differences can work against diversity which we define as a cross-gender spectrum of characteristics, interests, abilities, experiences, beliefs and identities. Our ongoing case studies at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) provide evidence to show that a focus on culture… 

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