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Gender and technology: promoting new technological vocations

In our courses on Sociology of Gender, we introduce our students to the main gender topics, as well as to feminist methodologies. Within these, gender and ICT, as well as feminist research and pedagogy, are covered.

In this communication, we present an experience of Service-Learning around sociology and gender carried out in three consecutive courses. This experience was developed in the framework of the transversal project on Service-Learning at the University of Barcelona called Sharing ideas: the university goes to high school.

Sharing Ideas is a Service-Learning project in which undergraduate and master’s degree students from the University of Barcelona (UB) prepare lecture-workshops on interesting topics related to their studies and teach these in high schools which the university visits. Specifically, our experience consisted of teaching and accompanying our university students who study sociology of gender to carry out a lecture workshop on gender and technology at secondary/high schools.

Moreover, as an innovative element, we related our teaching to one of our research projects that aimed at improving the incorporation, retention, and promotion of women in ICT. In the classrooms we then sought to work and reflect on gender socialization, the labour market with a gender perspective and finally, to question the digital gender gap and to contribute to generating new technological vocations among girls.

We based the evaluation of the project on a mixed-methods approach and a gender perspective. On the one hand, we took into account the evaluation surveys completed by the students; on the other hand, we analyzed qualitative data obtained through the observations and summaries of the experiences of the participating university students.

Finally, from the design stage through to the evaluation of data we applied a gender perspective. This involved, on the one hand, considering the feminist research and agenda regarding gender and technology, as well as pedagogy and sociology. On the other hand, our experience specifically introduced gender contents and reflection in the APS project. Finally, this implied analysing our results and outcomes by considering gender, in relation to the contents as well as to the ascribed gender of our students and teachers. This allowed us to evaluate both the impact on the community as well as the impact on our students’ learning process in a gender perspective. Apart from some limitations, the experience has been very satisfactory, both for the teachers and for the participating students of all levels and, in relation to gender as well, shows great potential for learning and transformation.

Country: Spain

Year: 2019-2020

Institution: University of Barcelona

Person in charge: Núria Vergés Bosch


# of students: 7

Interaction with beneficiaries: Face-to face

Academic Degree: Undergraduate

Discipline(s): Sociology | Engineering and technology | Education

Community Service Area & ODS: Gender equality | Reducing inequalities

More information: We have some publications on the experience. Our experience is part of a strong programme of the University of Barcelona (UB) called Compartir idees. La universitat va a l’institut (Sharing ideas. University goes to highschool). You might have some of them already, but I am surprised I did not find them in a simple search. I suggest you to contact the ApS UB group. It is strong and solid group on S-L and with many experiences every year.

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