This paper explores factors that discourage participation of high school girls in ICT. Using a modified version of the conceptual framework based on the “STEMcell” model. The framework was used to create an online questionnaire which gathered data from year 11 high school students. Each section of the framework used questions based on perceptions and attitudes to gain insight into whether girls would be likely to participate in ICT. The findings indicated that boys, more than girls sought advice from family members on future career choices. Results also showed stereotypes are still alive in girls more than boys perceptions and girls are unlikely to follow a career in ICT. Moreover, girls more than boys disagree about ICT becoming compulsory in high school. Currently, girls enrolling in ICT are fewer than that for boys and, until changes are made, girls going into the industry will be in the minority.
Morton, Scott; Redmond, Petrea; and Albion, Peter, "Factors discouraging participation of girls in ICT education" (2018). ACIS 2018 Proceedings. 24.