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Title: Identifying Gender Differences in CSCL Chat Conversations
Authors: Chiru, Costin-Gabriel
Rebedea, Traian
Trausan-Matu, Stefan
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Chiru, C., Rebedea, T., & Trausan-Matu, S. (2013). Identifying Gender Differences in CSCL Chat Conversations. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 1 — Full Papers & Symposia (pp. 97-104). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: It is well known that there is a world-wide gender gap in most STEM domains. We propose a study of the participation of undergraduate students in computer science to a CSCL experiment in order to detect possible differences between female and male students. Moreover, we have tried to determine if the composition of the groups influences the value of the factors proposed for analyzing the activity of a student. The factors used for analysis are qualitative heuristics used to determine the activity of the users with regard to both involvement and content. Thus, we have been able to identify differences between the knowledge, innovation, involvement and vocabulary manifested by each gender group in several cases: chats only with males, with a majority of males or females and with an equal distribution of genders. The main conclusions of the research are that females are innovative and that equally distributed groups have higher scores than the others for several indicators.
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