Winter 2002 Issue # 1
Digital Library Initiatives
- Building a Digital Workforce
Part 1: Raising Technological Skills
First in a series of three reports by the National Policy Association that,
as part of a business-labor-education partnership, is attempting to define
and assess the scope of workplace and economic issues within ICT. The reports,
growing out of a series of fact-finding meetings attempts to ensure representation
of underrepresented groups within the ICT economy.
For more information visit the NPA site here or
- "Double Jeopardy: Addressing Gender Equity in Special
Education" edited by Harilyn Rousso and Michael L. Wehmeyer
- August 2001
Double Jeopardy examines how girls and young women are exposed
to discrimination based on gender and disability/special
education status, and contains a chapter written by EDC's
Katherine Hanson and Susan Smith entitled "Gender Equity
in Education: Change and Challenge." To order the book,
- "Electronic Literacies: Language, Culture, and power in Online Education" by Mark Warschauer
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.; 2000
Electronic Literacies is an insightful study of the challenges and contradictions that arise as culturally and linguistically diverse learners engage in new language and literacy practices in online environments. Mark Warschauer presents case studies of educational settings where electronic means of communicating were implemented, highlighting the social, linguistic and cultural aspects of the environment as well as the relationship between electronic communication and learning. These case studies include two ESL classes, a Hawaiian language class, and an English composition class.
To order this book, go here.
- The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
Profiles of African American women and men who have contributed to the advancement of science and computing.
For more information go here.
- Gender and Education
Research articles related to the broad areas of gender and education from around the globe. The September 2001
issue is a special issue "Science and Technology" focuses on the ways in which both science/technology and gender
are treated in educational research. Available in print and online here or
- Gender Equity Expert Panel- Exemplary and Promising
Gender Equity Programs 2000 (pdf file).
U.S. Department of Education, September 24, 2001
- "Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Consequences of ICTs" Edited by Leah Lievrouw and Sonia Livingstone
Sage Publications, London; January 2002
The last 20 years have seen remarkable growth in research and scholarship addressing new information and communication technologies (ICTs) and their social contexts. The Handbook of New Media sets out boundaries of the new media research and scholarship and provides a definitive statement of the current state-of-the-art of the field. The Handbook is divided into six sections covering major problem areas of research from the changing social landscape, technology design and development to industries and markets, policy and regulation, and culture and new media.
For more information, go here.
- The Information for Development Program (infoDev)
InfoDev Core Grant Program
Deadline to submit a proposal will be February 1, 2002
Final Decisions will be posted on the website by March 15, 2002
InfoDev is principally interested in action-oriented activities that are local, national, regional or global
in scope and that usually require creating partnerships between the governments, local sector and the global
development community. Many of infoDev's activites fall under the following four broad categories:
For more information, go here.
- Consensus Building
- Information Infrastructure Strategies
- Telecommunications Reform
- Demonstration Projects
- "Internet Communication and Qualitative Research: A Handbook for Researching Online"
by Chris Mann and Fiona Stewart
Sage Publications, London; 2000
Internet Communication and Qualitative Research examinesthe impact of Internet technology on qualitative research methods.
The authors draw on many pioneering studies using computer-mediated communication (CMC), to show how online researchers can employ Internet-based qualitative methods to collect rich, descriptive, contextually-situated data. This is a comprehensive and practical guide that looks in detail at the skills required by the online researcher, considers the theoretical challenges surrounding data collected in the "virtual venue", addresses the social and cultural impact of researching online through a discussion of power, gender and identity issues in the virtual world, including those ethical, confidentiality, security, and legal issues that may arise.
To order the book, go here.
- Journal of Women and Minorities in Science
Peer reviewed journal with the latest research findings from around the world. Covers a wide range
of related topics. Available in print and online subscriptions here.
- Learning and Leading with Technology
Published by the International Society for Technology in Education. Covers a wide range of issues
related to teaching and learning about and with technology, with lots of practical applications.
For more information email or visit the
- "Nattering on the Net: Women, Power and Cyberspace" by Dale Spender
Spinifex Press Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia; 1995
Multimedia and the Internet have revolutionized the human relationship to time and space, and seemingly shrunk national boundaries. But what effect has this had on class, race and gender boundaries? Dale Spender reveals that it is men who are writing the road rules for the information superhighway subjecting women to new forms of sexual harassment and even "data rape." Violence on the Internet is an all too common event in the virtual world, but is just one of the problems raised by new technologies, which Spender explores.
For more information, go here.
- Technology in Secondary Teacher Education T.H.E. Journal
- September 2001 http://www.thejournal.com/magazine/vault/A3638.cfm
- Tech-Savvy: Educating Girls in the New Computer Age
Captures the issues and challenges for girls within computer technology and the larger e-culture, with a
focus on education and the classroom. Concludes with key recommendations that could improve the quality
of the computer culture for all students. For more information go here.
- "Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing" by Allan Fisher and Jane Margolis
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA; 2002
Unlocking the Clubhouse documents a pivotal research effort undertaken by the School of computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. While girls and women may be using the Internet for communication and the information retrieval, it appears to be predominantly men who are programming the computers, designing and fixing the systems, and inventing the technology that will affect all aspects of our lives. In 1995, Carnegie Mellon University embarked on an interdisciplinary program of research in order to understand male and female students' engagement- attachment, persistence, and detachment- with computer science, with a special focus on the gender imbalance in the field. By 2000, partly as a result of these efforts, the entering enrollment of women in the undergraduate Computer Science program at Carnegie Mellon rose from 8% in 1995 to 42% in 2000.
For more information, got here.
- Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in SMET
2000 National Science Foundation report, compiling all available national data to describe the current
status of underrepresented groups within SMET. For more information go here.