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Saturday, June 21, 2014

So Much For Stereotype Threat

From the Association of Computing Machinery's survey of American youth (in which they deliberately over-sampled black males and Hispanic females), comes this chart of student interest in a career in the computing sciences (ht: Sailer, blogging at the Unz Review):


And here I though a high self-regard was the key to academic performance. Who knew?

3 comments:

evilwhitemalempire said...

Stereotype Threat: The belief that men use Jedi mind powers to cause women to do poorly in STEM classes.

Elusive Wapiti said...

In this case, it seems that the women surveyed pretty much know that they would not be happy in the computing sciences...whether or not they actually have the aptitude for it.

Anecdote: I was a comp sci nerd as an undergrad. When I was a senior, I noted that, out of 30 students in the department, about 4 were female.

None were in my class or the class behind me.

All the females tended to drop out before the 3d year in the major; the ones with the mental chops for the math went to ops research--the others went to fuzzy majors and exited STEM entirely.

CM said...

the ones with the mental chops for the math went to ops research--the others went to fuzzy majors and exited STEM entirely.

Lol... I love the logic in programming and favored UI programming and predicting how a user would interact with an interface.

My class mates referred to me as a researcher and would pick me for programming projects to research solutions and ideas.

I hated the career aspect. Too many who had no communication skills, and those with the skills were too consumed in office politics. I would have made a good Sys engineer because I get the nerd speak well enough to mediate a conversation between customer and engineer. But I still prefer being Mom!

-> typical female