You are here:

Characterizations of computing careers: Students and professionals disagree


Computers & Education Volume 26, Number 4, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Girls are generally under-represented in secondary and tertiary level computing courses. Seeking reasons for these gender differences in enrollments, data were collected from open-ended interviews with three different samples of participants: (1) 34 male and 34 female students enrolled in the second or third year of a university computer science course; (2) 33 secondary school girls aged 13–17 years, drawn from four different schools; and (3) 19 women working professionally in a computer-based career. Both the secondary and tertiary students held stereotyped views of computing and computer-related careers which differed markedly from the perceptions of the professional women. Important aspects of these careers were identified by the professional women. The question remains as to the numbers of students who make a poor career choice based on inaccurate perceptions of both computing and non-computing careers.


Clarke, V.A. & Joy Teague, G. (1996). Characterizations of computing careers: Students and professionals disagree. Computers & Education, 26(4), 241-246. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved January 27, 2023 from .

This record was imported from Computers & Education on January 30, 2019. Computers & Education is a publication of Elsevier.

Full text is availabe on Science Direct:


Cited By

View References & Citations Map
  • IT Professionals’ Competences: High School Students’ Views

    Ángel García-Crespo, Ricardo Colomo-Palacios & Juan Miguel Gómez-Berbís, Universidad Carlos III, Spain; Edmundo Tovar-Caro, Universidad Politécnica, Spain

    Journal of Information Technology Education: Research Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jan 01, 2009) pp. 45–57

These links are based on references which have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. If you see a mistake, please contact