Take the time to encourage girls and students of color and tell them that academic abilities can expand and improve, as they often internalize cultural expectations that they have little innate CS ability.

  • Female students and students of color are more likely to understate their level of interest or skill in computer science; be sure to consider this when hearing students talk about interest in computer science.
  • "Researchers on gender and math and science have found that self-confidence, not ability, is the significant difference between male and female science students" (Margolis 81).

Teach students, especially girls, that academic abilities can expand and improve.

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External Source

Jennifer Koebele's website, under "Encouraging an Interest in Computer Science"

Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing by Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher, from Chapter 5: Living among the Programming Gods