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Vainionpää F., Kinnula M., Iivari N., Molin-Juustila T. (2020) Career Choice and Gendered Perceptions of IT – A Nexus Analytic Inquiry. In: Siarheyeva A., Barry C., Lang M., Linger H., Schneider C. (eds) Advances in Information Systems Development. ISD 2019. Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation, vol 39. Springer, Cham.

Career choice and gendered perceptions of IT : a nexus analytic inquiry

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Author: Vainionpää, Fanny1; Kinnula, Marianne1; Iivari, Netta1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2022-08-01


Girls’ disinterest in Information Technology (IT) careers is a persisting problem. We wanted to examine girls’ perceptions of the IT field as well as factors shaping their career choices, to find ways girls might see IT/Information Systems careers as more interesting. For this purpose, we interviewed Finnish senior high school students, as senior high school is the last opportunity to influence girls’ career choice in higher education. In addition, we asked senior high school IT teachers about IT education and their perceptions of students’ relations to IT. Using nexus analysis as a sensitizing device, we focused on various discourses circulating around, different actors and their relations, as well as experience and background related matters that affect girls’ career choice. Surprisingly gendered understandings of the IT field and career choices were still prevalent among the studied young people, and this supports educational and occupational segregation.

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Series: Lecture notes in information systems and organisation
ISSN: 2195-4968
ISSN-E: 2195-4976
ISSN-L: 2195-4968
ISBN: 978-3-030-49644-9
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-49643-2
Pages: 37 - 56
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-49644-9_3
Host publication: Advances in information systems development : information systems beyond 2020
Host publication editor: Siarheyeva, Alena
Barry, Chris
Lang, Michael
Linger, Henry
Schneider, Christoph
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: Data collection for this paper has been funded by European Social Fund within the LUNO project.
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