Gender and Technology

Mary Bryson, Susanne de Castell, Stephen Petrina, Principal Investigators, & Marcia Braundy, co-Investigator

Ministry of Education funded (2000- present)

The objective of this project was to investigate Gender and Technology in BC Secondary Schools.  The research team analyzed provincial trends in the gender-differentiated participation and performance of female and male students in the technology-intensive courses of BC public secondary education. The “applied technology” fields represent the fastest growing sectors in the Canadian economy, cultural production, and educational curriculum development.  Why, then, is it still the case, at the dawn of the new millennium, that a large number of girls and women (a) remain limited to domestic, clerical, medical, and service uses of technology and (b) occupy subordinate roles in many scientific and technical fields? In response to the persistent under-representation of girls and women in technology-intensive courses, national (e.g., Status of Women Canada, 1999) and international (Women in Global Science and Technology, WIGSAT, 1999) organizations have emphasized the importance, for responsive policy development, of developing and maintaining comprehensive national and regional analyses of trends in gender differentiated participation and performance.  Focused upon trends in the gender-differentiated participation of students in technology-intensive courses in Canadian secondary schools, this project has an interprovincial scope, and broad intellectual and professional implications.  This digital divide research was initiated with concerns for the disenfranchisement of females from technology and examines regional trends in the participation of female and male students in the technology spheres of British Columbia and Ontario public secondary education at a time in our history when competence and confidence with a range of technologies is essential for full participation in our culture.

Selected Publications from the Gender and Technology Project

MA & PhD Theses from the Gender and Technology Project:

Braundy, Marcia. (2005). Feminisms and Masculinities at Work: Intervening in the Social Construct. Ph.D. Dissertation.

Selected Publications and Presentations
Bryson, M., Petrina, S., Braundy, M. & de Castell, S. (2003). “Conditions for Success”?: Gender in technology-Intensive courses in British Columbia secondary schools. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 3(2). 185-193.

Petrina, S. and Dalley, S. (2003). The politics of curriculum reform in Canada: The case of technology education in British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 3(1), 117-144.

Braundy, M., O’Riley, P., & Petrina, S. with Dalley, S. & Paxton, A. (2000). Missing XX chromosomes or gender in/equity in design and technology education? The case of British Columbia. Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 37(3), 54-92.

Petrina, S. (2002, October 24). The politics of curriculum reform in Canada: The case of technology education in British Columbia. Keynote address given at the annual delegates meeting of the British Columbia Technology Education Association, Osoyoos, BC. (40 pp.)

Petrina, S. & Braundy, M. (2000, April 6-10). At the site of gender in technology education: The case of British Columbia. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Technology Education Association, Salt Lake City, UT, 6. (37 pp.)

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