MONDAY, Nov. 29, 2021 (HealthDay News)
The misconception that girls are less interested than boys in computer science and engineering begins at a young age in the United States.
And it’s one reason for the gender gap in those career fields, according to a new study.
In surveys of more than 2,200 U.S. children and teens in grades 1 through 12, researchers found that half — 51% — believed girls are less interested than boys in computer science.
Moreover, 63% said girls are less interested in engineering, while only 14% said girls are more interested than boys in computer science, and only 9% said girls are more interested in engineering.
The researchers also conducted lab studies with a smaller number of children. They found that only 35% of girls chose a computer science activity when they were told boys were more interested in it than girls, but two-thirds of girls