Perceived Gender Similarities and Differences in Confidence Levels Among Computer Science Undergraduates
This study is part of an ongoing line of investigation into the culture of computing amongst Computer Science undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon University. This study, focusing specifically on confidence, is looking especially at gender similarities (which have often been ignored in favor of examining gender differences), in an attempt to dispel some common stereotypes that surround women and men in computing fields. A set of interview transcripts has been studied and found that men and women share many factors relating to confidence levels. Our findings, so far, support the recent findings of Blum and Frieze, who found many similarities in how undergraduate men and women relate to computer science here at Carnegie Mellon University. Based on insight gained from our investigation of student interviews, suggestions are made to enhance the learning experience for undergraduate women in the computer science major. Ultimately we hope our suggestions may benefit all students.