Accessibility navigation


‘I’m good, but not that good’: digitally-skilled young people’s identity in computing

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

Wong, B. (2017) ‘I’m good, but not that good’: digitally-skilled young people’s identity in computing. Computer Science Education, 26 (4). pp. 299-317. ISSN 0899-3408

[img]
Preview
Text (Open Access) - Published Version
· Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.
· Please see our End User Agreement before downloading.

1300Kb
[img] Text - Accepted Version
· Restricted to Repository staff only

590Kb

To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/08993408.2017.1292604

Abstract/Summary

Computers and information technology are fast becoming a part of young people’s everyday life. However, there remains a difference between the majority who can use computers and the minority who are computer scientists or professionals. Drawing on 32 semi-structured interviews with digitally-skilled young people (aged 13-19), we explore their views and aspirations in computing, with a focus on the identities and discourses that these youngsters articulate in relation to this field. Our findings suggest that, even among digitally-skilled young people, traditional identities of computing as people who are clever but antisocial still prevail, which can be unattractive for youths, especially girls. Digitally-skilled youths identify with computing in different ways and for different reasons. Most enjoy doing computing but few aspired to being a computer person. Implications of our findings for computing education are discussed, especially the continued need to broaden identities in computing, even for the digitally-skilled.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education
ID Code:69978
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

Download Statistics for this item.

University Staff: Request a correction | Centaur Editors: Update this record

Page navigation