Women in computer science

No shortage here!

Mazliza Othman, Rodziah Latih

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Abstract

The perceptions of Malaysian female students with CS or IT as career objectives are discussed. A study was attempted to determine the difference in the way Malaysian males and females perceive CS. The hypothesis was that CS/IT is not viewed as a masculine field by young Malaysians, which is a key reason for females exceeding the number of males pursuing a degree in CS or IT. A questionnaire was designed to determine the perception of Malaysian students for CS. The respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with various operating systems, programming languages and its applications. It was found that there is no gender bias with regard to how CS or IT is perceived by young Malaysians with female students pursuing their career in computer or IT industry compared to male. It was concluded that young Malaysian female students have different perception of CS or IT compared to the Western world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-114
Number of pages4
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Volume49
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Women in computer science : No shortage here! / Othman, Mazliza; Latih, Rodziah.

In: Communications of the ACM, Vol. 49, No. 3, 2006, p. 111-114.

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Othman, Mazliza ; Latih, Rodziah. / Women in computer science : No shortage here!. In: Communications of the ACM. 2006 ; Vol. 49, No. 3. pp. 111-114.
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