Debunking myths re CS and women

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CESI Chair

Dec 1, 2021, 12:26:43 PM12/1/21

I've been asked for references to research done around females and CS, myths about their capacities for CS and debunking them.  If anyone can help, perhaps you can post on this thread.


Keith Quille

Dec 1, 2021, 2:10:09 PM12/1/21

Hi Adrienne,

   I hope this helps, this was a study in 11 universities and IOT’s (10 of which were in Ireland), and has some very positive findings addressing such myths in introductory CS courses.



Kind regards,

Keith Quille


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Dermot Walsh

Dec 1, 2021, 2:13:10 PM12/1/21
Hi Adrienne,

I think that Grace Lawlor has done / is doing research in this area in Ireland through TCD.
Brendan Tangney would be a good contact for this question.



Connolly, Cornelia

Dec 1, 2021, 3:15:56 PM12/1/21
Lawlor, G., Byrne, P., & Tangney, B. (2020). “CodePlus”—Measuring Short-Term Efficacy in a Non-Formal, All-Female CS Outreach Programme. ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE), 20(4), 1-18.

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