Predicting women’s interest in and choice of a career in information technology a statistical model

Elizabeth G. Creamer, Soyoung Lee, Peggy S. Meszaros

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Abstract

This chapter explains a theoretically driven and empirically supported model that identifies key factors that predict high school and college women’s interest in and choice of a career in information technology. At the center of the model is the developmental construct of self-authorship and a set of variables related to the process individuals use to make personal and educational decisions. It is our conclusion that reliance on guidance from a narrow circle of trusted others that includes family members, but rarely teachers and counselors, is one reason that women continue to express an interest in sex-typical careers. Findings have direct implications for recruiting and advising practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReconfiguring the Firewall
Subtitle of host publicationRecruiting Women to Information Technology across Cultures and Continents
PublisherCRC Press
Pages15-38
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781439864999
ISBN (Print)9781568813141
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007

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