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Gender Differences in Computer and Information Literacy

An In-depth Analysis of Data from ICILS

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  • Large-scale study of gender and computer literacy
  • Based on ICILS data collected from almost 60,000 Grade 8 students and 35,000 teachers in 21 education systems
  • Provides rich information about how students and teachers use information and communication technologies

Part of the book series: IEA Research for Education (IEAR, volume 8)

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This open access book presents a systematic investigation into internationally comparable data gathered in ICILS 2013. It identifies differences in female and male students’ use of, perceptions about, and proficiency in using computer technologies. Teachers’ use of computers, and their perceptions regarding the benefits of computer use in education, are also analyzed by gender.

When computer technology was first introduced in schools, there was a prevailing belief that information and communication technologies were ‘boys’ toys’; boys were assumed to have more positive attitudes toward using computer technologies. As computer technologies have become more established throughout societies, gender gaps in students’ computer and information literacy appear to be closing, although studies into gender differences remain sparse.

The IEA’s International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) is designed to discover how well students are prepared for study, work, and life in the digital age. Despite popular beliefs, a critical finding of ICILS 2013 was that internationally girls tended to score more highly than boys, so why are girls still not entering technology-based careers to the same extent as boys?

Readers will learn how male and female studentsdiffer in their computer literacy (both general and specialized) and use of computer technology, and how the perceptions held about those technologies vary by gender.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • ACER, Camberwell, Australia

    Eveline Gebhardt, Sue Thomson, John Ainley, Kylie Hillman

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Gender Differences in Computer and Information Literacy

  • Book Subtitle: An In-depth Analysis of Data from ICILS

  • Authors: Eveline Gebhardt, Sue Thomson, John Ainley, Kylie Hillman

  • Series Title: IEA Research for Education

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26203-7

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-26202-0Published: 11 October 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-26205-1Published: 11 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-26203-7Published: 13 September 2019

  • Series ISSN: 2366-1631

  • Series E-ISSN: 2366-164X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 73

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Gender and Education, Computers and Education, International and Comparative Education, Assessment, Testing and Evaluation

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