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dc.contributor.authorWagner, Isabelen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-11T10:50:34Z
dc.date.available2016-03-11T10:50:34Z
dc.date.issued2016-06-27
dc.identifier.citationWagner, I. (2016) Gender and Performance in Computer Science. ACM Transactions on Computing Education,16 (3), article 11en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/11606
dc.description.abstractThe term gender gap refers to the significant underrepresentation of females in many subjects. In Computer Science, the gender gap exists at all career levels. In this paper, we study whether there is a performance gap in addition to the gender gap. To answer this question, we analyzed statistical data on student performance in Computer Science from 129 universities in the UK covering the years 2002 to 2013. We find that male students were awarded significantly more first-class degrees than female students. We evaluate four other subjects – Subjects Allied to Medicine, Business & Administrative Studies, Mathematical Sciences, and Engineering & Technology – and find that they do not exhibit this performance gap. Following on from this finding, we review explanations for the gender and performance gaps, as well as potential solutions to eliminate the gaps. Most solutions do not require major institutional change and could thus be implemented easily.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherACMen
dc.titleGender and Performance in Computer Scienceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1145/2920173
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.explorer.multimediaNoen
dc.researchinstituteCyber Technology Institute (CTI)en


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