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Why do female students choose to study CS in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computing Science. Al-Baha University, Al Baha, Saudi Arabia. (UpCERG)
2017 (English)In: Proc. 5th International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering, IEEE Computer Society, 2017, p. 49-53Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We know that female students in computer science, CS, are fewer than male students in Western countries. What is not well understood is the high rate of Saudi female students in CS. This article explores why female students choose to study CS in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, KSA. Data was collected through structured interviews with ten female students in three different universities in the KSA. The content analysis approach was used. This study determines the students' experiences in studying CS. The findings of this study are a first step in paying more attention to the system of women's education in the KSA. Motivation and expectation regarding CS were investigated. Results showed that the reasons behind the engagement of Saudi female students in CS are government support, family influence, and a stable workplace. The results could help to improve the CS curriculum and program of preparation for CS teachers in the KSA.

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IEEE Computer Society, 2017. p. 49-53
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International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Computing and Engineering, ISSN 2377-0309
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Computer and Information Sciences Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-322378DOI: 10.1109/LaTiCE.2017.16ISI: 000414514300009ISBN: 978-1-5386-0892-0 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-322378DiVA, id: diva2:1096954
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5th International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTiCE 2017), April 20–23 2017, Hong Kong
Available from: 2017-05-20 Created: 2017-05-20 Last updated: 2018-03-21Bibliographically approved

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