Girls can do all that boys can do, if only… Episode 431

A comment on the page for the fantastic feminist programming language mentions this study, claiming

[it] found that gender does not affect programming performance

The abstract of the study:

In this study, we analyzed (…) a CSCL environment over a period of five years. (…) we found that girls spend significantly more time than boys communicating with others in the CSCL environment. Analyzing the children’s level of programming achievement, we found that gender does not affect programming performance. Regression analysis shows that performance is correlated with prior programming experience and time on task. Boys are more likely than girls to have prior programming experience, and spend more time programming on average. (…) These results suggest that educators wishing to increase gender equity in technical skill should focus on strategies for fostering interest among girls.

In other words: gender equity in technical skills is easily achieved. Just find a way to motivate girls to spend less time “communicating” and a lot more time actually coding. Like: 8 hours at a time for 6 days a week.

I see no problems at all.

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  1. Thomas

     /  February 5, 2014

    So they’re basically saying that the more time you worked in a specific field and the more time you continue spending in that field actually increase your performance in that field?


  2. On average, yes.

    Truly amazing.


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