Gender Differences in a Computer Science Course: A Spearmanian Perspective

Journal of Educational Computing Research, Vol. 30, Nos. 1&2, pp. 69-86, 2004

Posted: 16 Dec 2009

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Stephen P. Keef

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Accounting and Commercial Law

Abstract

This analysis of gender performance differences in a first-level New Zealand university course in computer science is predicated on the model of academic ability proposed by Charles Spearman, the eminent educational psychologist and statistician. The regression model is based on the theoretical constructs of general academic ability and specific academic ability. An attraction of this approach is that controls are effected for between-gender differences in these facets of academic ability. The analysis, which incorporates corrections to the standard errors to control for undesirable properties in the residuals, reveals a large, and unexpected, gender difference.

Keywords: Gender performance, Gender difference, Spearman, Regression model

JEL Classification: J16, L63

Suggested Citation

Keef, Stephen, Gender Differences in a Computer Science Course: A Spearmanian Perspective. Journal of Educational Computing Research, Vol. 30, Nos. 1&2, pp. 69-86, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1522962

Stephen Keef (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Accounting and Commercial Law ( email )

Faculty of Commerce and Administration
PO Box 600
Wellington
New Zealand

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