Volume 11 : Number 2 : Paper 8

December 2008 Special Issue of Best Papers presented at CLEI 2007, San Jose, Costa Rica
Differences in Perception of Computer Sciences and Informatics due to Gender and Experience

Authors and Affiliations:
Gabriela Marin, Escuela de Ciencias de la Computacion e Informatica, Universidad de Costa Rica
E. Gabriela Barrantes, Escuela de Ciencias de la Computacion e Informatica, Costa Rica
Silvia Chavarria, Posgrado en Computacion e Informatica, Universidad de Cota Rica, Costa Rica

Low participation of women in Computer Science (CS) has been documented in some countries. Since this phenomenon occurs in the Computer Science and Informatics Department at the Universidad de Costa Rica, we decided to investigate if there were gender differences in some factors, both motivating and inhibiting students to enter the field. Our main purpose was to see if those differences could help find factors influencing the imbalance of female participation. Both graduate and undergraduate populations were investigated. It was found that there were differences by gender in both populations. As a consequence of the knowledge of the field acquired during the permanence in the CS program and professional experience, both men and women change, although differently, their perceptions.

Received April, 2007, Revised Dec, 2008 , Editor: Manuel Bermudez, Marcelo Jenkins
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