I am lecturing on gender and computer science and have found plenty of material outlining factors that impact female access to computer science courses. I stumbled across this paper: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2920173 which shows significant attainment differences at the highest degree level in UK universities. This raises questions about male focused course material and assessment methodologies. I wondered if there were many other papers on gender and attainment in CS? Google scholar has lots of generic studies, but few focused on CS.

Attainment here could be at any level, including compulsory education and work based assessments

  • $\begingroup$ When you say attainment, do you mean degree attainment? Job attainment? Can you add a little more description? $\endgroup$ – nova Nov 7 '17 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ have updated, I'm interested in any studie saround attainment $\endgroup$ – pluke Nov 7 '17 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ I associate the word attainment with highest degree achieved (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educational_attainment). That might be a U.S. quirk. Is your question about any sort of measure of achievement or performance? $\endgroup$ – nova Nov 7 '17 at 13:31
  • $\begingroup$ any sort of measure would do, this might be AP or some general programming proficiency test. The reference above uses UK degree levels $\endgroup$ – pluke Nov 7 '17 at 13:33
  • $\begingroup$ @pluke Have you uncovered anything additional in the intervening time? If so, I would encourage you to also create an answer here, if only to help others in the future. $\endgroup$ – Ben I. Jan 12 '18 at 23:41

There is some interesting stuff in “After the reboot: computing education in UK schools”. It shows that a lot of the differences is girls/boys and background differences are mostly social constructs, e.g. by comparing all girl, all boy, and mixed schools.

It is not a research paper, but it does cite other work.

Figure from the report

Image taken with permission from the report (CC-BY).

  • $\begingroup$ Sadly it doesn't appear to touch on attainment. I (being one of the authors), note that girls do better at GCSE CS, but they all outperform boys at most things: researchgate.net/publication/… p47 $\endgroup$ – pluke Nov 20 '17 at 9:32

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