- Dr. Julia Sperling, a McKinsey Partner and neuroscientist, explains the science behind unconscious bias and ingrained beliefs and what we can do to overcome them. It’s a great clip to watch in a staff meeting! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eAwWMFZYbo
- This animation and briefing on unconscious bias adapted by Professor Uta Frith DBE FBA FMedSci FRS introduce the key concepts and current academic research around unconscious bias with the aim of alerting Royal Society selection and appointment panel members to potential biases that can arise when making judgements or decisions. Equally relevant to schools!
CAS Include CAS has a specialist group who run activities and events for any interested in supporting more girls to take up Computing. They do a lot more besides including e.g. race, socio-economic status, SEN and pupils with disabilities. It’s a volunteer led group and always keen to recruit more! Contact Carrie-Anne Philbin for more information. CAS Include recently published their fabulous diversity toolkit to encourage diversity within the subject . It includes:
- A workshop plan and presentation for hub leaders, teacher trainers, master teachers and computing educators.
- A literature review of articles and research
- A list of free classroom resources for encouraging diversity in computing.
A starter for 10
(Some of these are very old resources … tell me about newer ones.)
The latest figures from the Institute of Engineering and Technology show that women make up just 3% of IT and computing engineers in the UK. Like university course acceptances, the number has stagnated for five years.
Computing saw the biggest jump in entrants for GCSEs this year, rising by a whopping 111 per cent on last year as humanities took the largest plunge in candidates. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/provisional-gcse-and-equivalent-results-in-england-2014-to-2015 Of the 33,500 taking the subject in 2015 5,430 were girls 16%.
http://www.jcq.org.uk/examination-results/a-levels/2015/a-as-and-aea-results-summer-2015 According to the Joint Council - 456 girls in UK took A level computing in 2015. A 45% increase from 314 in 2014. A total of 5383 pupils sat A level computing. Girls making up
9% of the total. (The total number of pupils sitting A level computing rose by 30% last year).
Of the c.17000 students who got a GCSE in Computing last summer, only 15% were girls. However, evidence shows that girls outperform boys in achieving the highest grades. In 2014 the number of young women achieving an A Level in Computing was only 7% of the total cohort. So how can teachers encourage more young women to study Computing at GCSE and A Level?
Are stereotypes the key?
Girls may avoid computer science courses because current prevailing stereotypes of the field signal to them that they do not belong. However, providing them with an educational environment that does not fit current computer science stereotypes increases their interest in computer science courses and could provide grounds for interventions to help reduce gender disparities in computer science enrollment. Stereotypes undermine Girls Interest…
What other initiatives are there?
BCS Women http://www.bcs.org/category/8630
It’s not just a UK problem
Recent summary from USA Disrupting the Gender Gap in Computer Science
£9000 for girls to study CS https://www.coulditbu.co.uk/