(pp.095-108) J. Gerhardt ‘Three key ingredients of successful intervention programs designed to encourage girls to study and succeed in computing’, World Sustainable Development Outlook, 2011
JILL GERHARDT, THE RICHARD STOCKTON COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY, USA
Abstract: This paper describes intervention programs that were designed to encourage girls to study computing and to succeed in computing. The programs include a course called “Bridges” to be taken concurrently with the calculus that helps computing students with the subject matter and also demonstrates the relationship between calculus and computing. The second intervention is a freshman seminar designed to recruit women computing majors and to help interested women build computer skills and confidence. The third intervention is a tutoring in programming project. All of these interventions put into practice three key ingredients that help women succeed in computing: 1- Use real-world applications, 2- Implement cooperative learning and 3- Build student-confidence.
Keywords: Female intervention programs, Cooperative learning, female retention, female self-confidence, recruiting females, female success in computing