Fuller, Alison, Connor, Helen, Johnston, Brenda and Turbin, Jill
The Evaluation of Computer Clubs for Girls : Final Report to SEEDA , Southampton, GB University of Southampton 81pp.
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The overall purpose of CC4G is to help address the persistent gender imbalance in the IT sector. SEEDA funded the creation and piloting of CC4G from 2002 to 2004 and also supported the first post-pilot year (2005-06). As result of SEEDA funding, CC4G was offered free to schools in the South East of England. The Sector Skills Council for the IT and Telecoms industries, e-skills UK, led the development and implementation of the club. The CC4G initiative was targeted at 10-13 year old girls (in school Years 6-8. It was offered to schools, for no cost, as a set of professionally produced resources designed to appeal to young females. From Year 2 of the pilot, the club became web-based and the site has continued to be developed and expanded. The CC4G project objectives were:
• to change the perception, within the target group, of IT as a career for women by offering inspiring and compelling activities which appeal to girls in a voluntary computer club environment, and
• to counter the perception, within the target group, that IT is a male profession.
The evaluation has been conducted over a four year period (August 2005 to July 2009). Its primary focus has been on evaluating the CC4G pilot and its subsequent effects. The objectives have included: to identify good and less effective practice and key lessons; and to draw on these to recommend how the benefits of the club can be built on and sustained in the longer term. The final report includes an analysis of the data collected in Stage Three as well as a summative account of the evaluation findings. The evaluation has been conducted in three stages.
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