Biological sex, sex-role identity and the spectrum of computing orientations: A re-appraisal at the end of the 90s

Charlton, John P. (1999) Biological sex, sex-role identity and the spectrum of computing orientations: A re-appraisal at the end of the 90s. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 21 (4). pp. 393-412. ISSN 0735-6331

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Abstract

Biological sex and psychological masculinity and femininity are related to computer comfort (the inverse of anxiety), engagement and over-use. The study shows both greater masculinity and femininity to be related to greater computer comfort, greater masculinity to be related to greater engagement, and greater femininity to be associated with lesser over-use. While there are no sex differences in computer comfort and engagement, males appear more prone to over-use, but this is not mediated by sex differences in femininity. It is concluded that both femininity and masculinity are now propitious for the development of positive computer orientations, and that greater female negativity towards computers is waning. The expansion of computer applications into non-male dominated areas, such as inter-personal communication, is cited as a major explanation for these observations. The findings imply that some reduction of sex asymmetries in computing course enrolments should be expected, although it is speculated that this might only be marginal. Over-usage is identified as a major area of future concern.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Educational Computing Research, 21(4), p.393-412. Baywood Publishing Co.,Inc. © Copyright Volume 1 - 1985 through Volume 36 - 2007
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2014 10:06
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/368

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