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Title: Being a woman in the discipline of computing: negotiating gender and identity from the margins
Author: French, Sheila
ISNI:       0000 0001 2411 5062
Awarding Body: Keele University
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2008
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This study focuses on the subjective experiences of a group of women, including myself, as we negotiate our professional and personal lives in our work in the discipline of computing in post-compulsory education in the UK. This is a feminist study using qualitative methods to critically examine our experiences. The discipline of computing has historically been dominated by men and continues to be a gender-segregated workplace. The women in this study work in the discipline of computing in either Further Education or Higher Education, The aim of this study is to discover how the dominant discourses of computing influence the everyday work of the participants within the cultural norms and values of this discipline. My findings reveal that the 'technical' and the 'mothering' discourses were the most dominant discourses surrounding my participants. Moreover, such dis~ourses work together to serve and maintain the masculine culture of computing in Further Education and Higher Education. There were differences in the way the discourses operated according to institution. The participants took different subject positions in these discourses, which influenced their workplace experiences. The performative culture and the working conditions experienced in Further Education influenced the ways in which the 'technical' and 'mothering' discourses worked alongside a ~ teacher discourse, which could be- described as good enough, given the pressurised context. In Higher Education, the 'technical' and 'mothering' discourses influence organisational notions of the 'teacher' or 'academic' , producing a slightly nuanced version to produce the 'good academic'. The findings offer�· new insights into the historically gendered character of the discipline of computing in UK post-compulsory education while also exposing the ways in which various gender-specific discourses operate to reinforce gender segregation.
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Qualification Name: Keele University, 2008 Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.491701  DOI: Not available
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