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Should computing be taught in single-sex environments? An analysis of the computing learning environment of upper secondary students

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It has been well established in the literature that girls are turning their backs on computing courses at all levels of the education system. One reason given for this is that the computer learning environment is not conducive to girls, and it is often suggested that they would benefit from learning computing in a single-sex environment. The purpose of this study was to identify whether there were differences in perception between boys and girls and the type of school they attended. The College and university classroom environment inventory (CUCEI) was used as an instrument to measure the computing learning environment of 265 Year 12 and 13 secondary schools students in Wellington, New Zealand. The results showed that there were statistically significant differences in perceptions between sex, and between different types of school, and it is suggested that there may be a place for single-sex computing classrooms in mixed-sex schools.
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Keywords: Behaviour; Coeducation; Computer literacy; Education; Single sex

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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