Gender, Technology & Education

CT 567

 Thomas College

Master of Science – Computer Technology Education

Spring Trimester 2003


Instructor: Judy Hansen-Childers

Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Monday: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM


Office: Room 209

Office Phone: 859-1335

Home Phone: 582-7632



Schedule: The following Thursdays - January 9, February 13, March 27– from 6 to 9:30 PM in Room 225 at Thomas College. All other class meeting will be on Angel.

Required Texts:

Does Jane Compute? Preserving Our Daughters Place in the Cyber Revolution, by Roberta Furger (Warner Books) ISBN 0-446-67311-0

Gender Equity Sources and Resources for Education Students, by Sanders and Koch (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates) ISBN 0-8058-2887-7

Boys and Girls Learn Differently! A Guide for Teachers & Parents, by Michael Gurian (Jossey Bass)  ISBN 0-7879-5343-1


COURSE DESCRIPTION: The objective of this course is to help educators identify, evaluate and address the ways education and society contribute to the advantages/disadvantages between the genders in science, math and technology.


COURSE POLICIES: This course will meet in the flesh only three times - on Thursday, January 9, Thursday, February 13, and March 27 (6:00 - 9:30 PM). All other meetings will take place on the Thomas College Angel conferencing system (see link below). It is thus absolutely essential that students have computers with Internet access.


Because this course is rooted in the discussion of ideas, it is essential that students read the assignments. All students are expected to participate in discussion of these questions in the conference area.


Assigned projects and a final research paper are required.


For the final paper, students will choose their own topic (related to the course material). The paper should include a well-researched analysis with a well-designed original strategy for dealing with and alleviating one of the issues/challenges discussed in the course. Please provide a 1 page abstract for all class members.


The student's grade will be based equally on class participation (especially on Angel), projects and the final paper.


SYLLABUS ALERT!! This is a dynamic document. Check the schedule frequently for additions. I often run across something interesting during the course and add it on.


Important Links



Gender Projects


Gender, Technology and Education Links


Additional Gender Issues Links


E-Mail the Graduate Office


Thomas College Homepage





Class 1  (1/9)

Gender: Biological, Social, Environmental, Political?

 (At TC)



  Read Links under “Gender: Biological, Social, etc….”

  Read Gender Equity Resources…..pages 1 - 20


  Read links under “Additional Gender Issues Links”

  Read Gurian – Chapter 1 & 2



Class 2  (1/16)

 Gender Issues Research


  Read Links under “Gender Issues Research”


  Read Gurian – Chapters 3 & 4


  Read Does Jane Compute? – Chapters 1 & 2



Class 3 (1/23)

 Gender in Technology and Science


  Read Links under “Women in Science and Technology”


  Read Gender Equity Resources….. pages 21 - 27


  Read Gurian – Chapters 5 & 6


  Read Does Jane Compute? – Chapters 3 & 4



Class 4 (1/30)

Gender and the K-12 Environment


This section examines classroom discrimination practices (intentional vs. unintentional) as well as sex bias in educational software.


 Read Links under “Gender and the K-12 Environment”



Class 5  (2/6)


Gender and the K-12 Environment (Part 2)


 Read Gender Equity Resources….. pages 31 - 54


 Read Does Jane Compute? – Chapters 5 & 6



Class 6 (2/13)

Gender, Higher Education and Technology


This section looks at the factors underlying the dearth of women in science and technology, educational pipeline issues for women, as well as specific issues for undergrads, grad students and faculty.


  Read Links under “Gender and Higher Education”



Class 7 (2/27)

Gender, the Internet, and Multimedia


This section looks at the differences in computer-mediated discourse, networks and communities, virtual gender, sexuality, harassment and multimedia software bias.


  Read Links under “Gender and the Internet”



Class 8

 Gender, the Internet, and Multimedia (continued)



Read Links under “Gender and Software”



Class 9  (3/13)

Strategies and Resources for Educators and the Future of Education



This section will attempt to uncover and develop realistic strategies for addressing these issues, such as - creating new paradigms, teaching netiquette and other socially-desired internet behaviors from K-12, mentoring programs, support groups for all levels of education, and any other creative ideas we can brainstorm.


  Read Links under “Resources for Educators”



Class 10 (3/20)


Strategies and Resources for Educators and the Future of Education (Part 2)



Class 11 (3/27)

Research Paper Presentations

 (At TC)


    Last Updated: January 6, 2003
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