Self Perception In Computer Science

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I applied to teach the new pilot Computer Science (CS) Principles Course in collaboration with the College Board and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Hillcrest High School and I was accepted to participate in Cohort 3 of the CS4Alabama project. This course will become a full-fledged College Board Advanced Placement course during the 2016-2017 school year. Students will certainly benefit as they become more aware of the 21st skills that computer science provides for their future careers, and I get to be a part in advancing the awareness of computer science in K-12. Part of my responsibilities is recruiting and increasing enrollment of girls and minorities to this class.
However, the continuing lack of women in this field is especially
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One factor of the study included self-perception. At the high school level, girl’s interest and perceptions of her own ability in mathematics and problem-solving significantly influence the decision to pursue a Computer Science, which comprised 17% of the explainable factors influencing this decision. This positive self-perception, translated into girls being confident in their abilities, reinforced by their natural aptitude for technology and interest in concepts like puzzles, problem solving and tinkering (Google Corp., …show more content…
Ciccocioppo et al. (2002) study outlined several factors that both encouraged and discouraged female adolescents and young adults to enter and persist in non-traditional or science related programs. Each theme has implications for teachers and guidance counselling at the secondary and postsecondary levels that will enable educators to better assist young women with career related decision making. At the high school level, teachers and guidance counsellors were described as having the most influence on students to pursue or avoid further study in science.
Middle school girls should be given opportunities for career exploration and planning to learn about a wide range of career opportunities, including careers in science and engineering (Ciccocioppo et al., 2002) outside their perceived ability level. Linda Gottfredson states that, “When ability is integrated into career counseling experience for adolescents, it can also help them to see the importance of school performance and career achievement, thereby increasing their academic motivation and engagement.” (Niles, & Harris-Bowlsbey, 2013, p.

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