The purpose of this study was to examine how female and male high school students make IT career decisions. Using a theoretically driven and empirically supported model and survey data from 556 high school students in Virginia, this chapter explains patterns found in information processing (decision orientation, receptivity to advice, information creditability, and information sources) and computer-related characteristics (attitudes towards IT workers and computer use) among female and male high school students. Information processing is at the center of the model showing the process students use to make educational and career decisions. Findings have direct implications for support to females for information processing and the connection between interests in computing and career choice.
|Title of host publication||Reconfiguring the Firewall|
|Subtitle of host publication||Recruiting Women to Information Technology across Cultures and Continents|
|Number of pages||19|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2007|