The Effect of Gender on Student Self-Assessment in Introductory Computer Science Classes
The Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges
Papers of the 36th Annual CCSC Eastern Conference
This paper will discuss the way that male and female students rate their abilities in introductory computer science courses. For the past two semesters, students in an introductory computer science course were given a survey at the end of the semester, asking about their experiences in the course. The survey asked students their gender, and also to rate themselves in the course as being either below-average, average, or above-average. The first semester used a traditional lecture-based course delivery. The second semester used team-based learning, in an effort to have students get a better sense of their own and their fellow student’s abilities. In both courses however, female students rated them- selves significantly lower than male students did, despite the fact that female students actually did better on average (though not statistically significantly better). This paper discusses these results in some detail, and talks about some future work which aims to ameliorate this issue.
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Finlayson, Ian. "The effect of gender on student self-assessment in introductory computer science classes." Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 36, no. 3 (2020): 102-110.