Women into computing: selected papers, 1988-1990

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This book contains a selection of papers from the Women into Computing (WiC) Conferences which have been held over the last three years: major national conferences were held in 1988 and 1990, and a smaller conference on the subject of organising workshops for schoolgirls was held in 1989. The papers cover a variety of issues, ranging from the discussion of attitudes of girls at school, the management of classes and limited resources, making links between schools and industry, and organising workshops for schoolgirls, through to the discussion of courses for women returners and examples of models of cooperation between industry and schools. Women into Computing is an active working group, which was formed in 1987 to encourage more women into the field of computing. It focusses on promoting interest at school, further, higher and continuing education levels with the longer term aim of increasing the numbers of women with fulfilling careers in technology-related areas. The skills shortage is already a serious one and demographic changes mean that industry will, over the next decade, pay increasing attention to short term and long term measures to overcome the crisis. This book presents not only ideas but also lessons gained by experience and provides valuable reading for educators, em- ployers and researchers.

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