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Perhaps It's Time For a Fresh Approach to ICT Gender Research


Willson, PP and Young, JF, Perhaps It's Time For a Fresh Approach to ICT Gender Research, Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology, 37, (Vol 37, No 2, May 2005) pp. 147 -160. ISSN 1443-458X (2005) [Refereed Article]


The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the value of the adoption of a feminist epistemology in information, communication and technology (ICT) gender research. Much of the research undertaken in ICT in relation to gender issues adopts a positivist philosophy with some notable exceptions. A feminist research approach is rarely used in ICT gender research. This is despite the fact that it is generally accepted that the ICT workplace is "gendered" and embodies a tacit masculine norm. This paper uses a case study that examines the imbalance in Tasmanian (Australia) ICT workplaces with a particular emphasis on the common characteristics of women currently working within the industry and the factors that could impact on women moving to or being placed in ICT positions. Clearly a research approach that enables the researchers to explore the perspective of the research participant and as a consequence offer some insights into the declining gender balance in the field offers significant benefits. Copyright © 2005, Australian Computer Society Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Gender studies
Research Field:Gender studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Willson, PP (Dr Phyllis Willson)
UTAS Author:Young, JF (Dr Judith Young)
ID Code:39133
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Information Systems
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2006-05-08

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