Cultural Relevance, Equity, and Diversity

Computer scientists bring digital world to Bronx kids

Jonathan Santiago, co-founder and managing director of STEM2GETHER, describes his experience working with ITEST project GreenFab and teaching advanced technical concepts to students in the Bronx.

This article was also published on Live Science.


More than Title IX: How Equity in Education has Shaped the Nation

This book, co-authored by Sarita Pillai, Co-PI of the ITEST Learning Resource Center, highlights the impact of one of the most powerful instruments of change—education. The book blends historical analysis and dynamic interviews with people who made a difference— as policy moved beyond the classroom into homes, workplaces, and our very culture.


Changing the High School Culture to Promote Interest in IT Careers

Interviews with high achieving middle school girls enrolled in a math and technology summer program showed that one fourth of the girls were interested in careers in IT. The girls were interviewed four years later when they were in high school. We found that all of them were still interested in math and most of them were taking, or had taken, advanced math courses. However, only several were taking or had taken a computer science course and only one girl expressed interest in pursuing a career in IT.


Freedom Machines

The Freedom Machines film, discussion guide, lesson plan, and resource guides are designed to dramatically broaden the concept of diversity for all students through telling the intimate stories of adults and children with disabilities who are using modern technologies to change their lives.


Introduction: Gender in the Internet Age

In this issue, linguist Susan Herring presents a survey of research on gender in computer-mediated communication on mailing lists and in discussion groups. Lisa King, the president of DC Web Women, discusses gender in online communities, which she distinguishes from public or semi-public discussion groups. Virginia Eubanks, editor of the cyberfeminist 'zine Brillo, begins with the claim that the Internet is actively and aggressively hostile to women and discusses her successes challenging the paradigms that actively exclude white women and people of color.


Girls' Preference in Software Design: Insights from a Focus Group

The challenge of increasing girls' interest in and skills with computers has serious social and economic consequences if left unaddressed.

The gender gap in computer interest and skills begins in the early grades (Becker and Sterling, 1987), persists in the home environment, and continues into adulthood (Giaquinta, Bauer & Levin, 1993), leaving girls with limited exposure to female role models with computer expertise.


Engineer Your Life

The result of extensive research into the reasons girls are less interested in engineering than boys, Engineer Your Life shows high school girls and adults in their lives how varied and creative engineering can be and what a different engineers make in the lives of others.


Girls and Science: A Training Module on Motivating Girls to Embark on Science and Technology Careers

Social and economic development of a country is closely linked to the educational level of its female population. As women in the developing world are generally under-represented in science and technology, this training module aims to address the inherent gender disparities in this field, with a specific focus on Africa.  This training manual developed and distributed by UNESCO is written to teach educators about gender disparities in science.  Six units provide training, career guidance information, and activities.


Bridging Barriers: Using Technology to Attract, Retain, and Mentor the Engineering Workforce of Tomorrow

Today’s technology-based global economy places a high premium on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Educators committed to increasing the interest and achievement of females in engineering struggle to find appropriate resources. The Gender and Science Digital Library (GSDL) from Education Development Center, Inc., (EDC) is a unique on-line collection of exemplary resources aimed at encouraging girls and women to pursue science and engineering education and careers.


Space Aliens? Women, ICTs, and Gender-Equitable Electronic Resources

This paper explores some of the critical issues surrounding gender and technology, examines what they mean for teaching and learning online, and then describes two projects at the Gender and Diversities Institute at EDC. The first project is research on online learning and its links to gender equity. The second project builds on this base to create a gender and science digital library.