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Ghosts in the Machine: Women's Voices in Research with Technology

reviewed by Diane McGrath - 2004

coverTitle: Ghosts in the Machine: Women's Voices in Research with Technology
Author(s): Nicola Yelland, Andee Rubin, and Erica McWilliam (eds.)
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820449113, Pages: 248, Year: 2002
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The participation of women in computer-related occupations is roughly 20%, and their salaries in those jobs are about 85% of the salaries of men (AAUW, 2000, p. 56-57). Figures like these have provoked concern about the digital divide along gender lines, and indeed along racial, ethnic, and socio-economic status lines. In the area of schooling, successful involvement in modern technologies not only helps learners get through the gateways into the job “pipeline” but also provides access to learning tools that can help learners of all stripes learn subject matter in powerful ways. The important AAUW report, Tech-Savvy (2000), helps set the context for Ghosts in the Machine: Girls believe that they can work with computers but don’t want to: they don’t like violent games, male software, computer science (boring, isolated), or much of anything about the computer culture. They are more interested in technology as a tool to accomplish things they want to do and less interested in the computer as a toy. Possible causes and solutions... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 1041-1044
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11217, Date Accessed: 5/6/2021 9:27:12 PM

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  • Diane McGrath
    Kansas State University
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    Diane McGrath, Associate Professor of Educational Computing, Design & Online Learning at Kansas State University, is past editor of the Journal of Research on Computing in Education, and writes a column on Project-Based Learning using Technology for Learning & Leading with Technology. Her research has focused on constructivist multimedia and hypermedia learning environments with a particular eye to involving girls in technology, mathematics, and science.
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