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Gender HCI issues in end-user programming

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dc.contributor.advisor Burnett, Margaret M.
dc.creator Beckwith, Laura A.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-18T23:22:56Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-18T23:22:56Z
dc.date.copyright 2007-04-23
dc.date.issued 2007-05-18T23:22:56Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/4954
dc.description Graduation date: 2007
dc.description.abstract Until recently, research has not considered whether the design of end-user programming environments, such as spreadsheets, multimedia authoring languages, and CAD systems, affects males and females differently. As a result, we began investigating how the two genders are impacted by end-user programming software and whether attention to gender differences is important in the design of software. Evidence from other domains, such as psychology and marketing, strongly suggests that females process information and problem solve in very different ways than males. This implies that without taking these differences into account in the design of problem-solving software, the needs of half the population for whom the software is intended are potentially being ignored. In fact, some research has shown that software is unintentionally designed for males. Our research has uncovered several factors which affect males and females differently as they engage in end-user programming. The gender differences range from the effects of self-efficacy (a form of confidence) on engagement with environment features to how males and females use "tinkering" as part of their problem-solving strategy. We further investigate the effects of several environment changes on both males' and females' problem solving. This research is the first to both uncover what gender differences are relevant in end-user programming environments and address how to account for these gender differences in the design of such environments. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject End-User Software Engineering en
dc.subject Gender HCI en
dc.subject.lcsh End-user computing -- Sex differences en
dc.subject.lcsh Human-computer interaction -- Sex differences en
dc.subject.lcsh User-centered system design -- Sex differences en
dc.title Gender HCI issues in end-user programming en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Computer Science en
dc.degree.level Doctoral en
dc.degree.discipline Engineering en
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en
dc.contributor.committeemember Budd, Tim
dc.contributor.committeemember Cook, Curtis
dc.contributor.committeemember Gregg, Rothermel
dc.contributor.committeemember Stetz, Al

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