Teen Girls and Technology: What's the Problem, What's the Solution?

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''It is critical that we offer young women the creative challenges they need to exploit emerging technologies, and that we help them understand their rich choices for participation in a technology-driven future. Farmer's book is practical, grounded, and just in time.''
--Joyce Kasman Valenza, Librarian, Springfield Township High School Library

''Farmer s comprehensive research shows that teachers, librarians, and parents need to make special efforts and use specific strategies if girls are to have equal computer and online access and the opportunities it affords. This is an important book for everyone who cares about gender equity issues.''
--Doug Johnson, Director of Media and Technology, Mankato Area Public Schools
''Lesley Farmer neatly encapsulates hard data and descriptive advice that can be accessed quickly and helpfully by parents, librarians, teachers, community workers, and even teenaged girls themselves.''
--Francisca Goldsmith, Director, Branch Services, Halifax Public Libraries
''Lesley Farmer provides a framework that teachers, librarians, youth workers, and parents can use to empower girls to succeed in today's technology-rich world.''
--Adolescence

''Ideal for anyone who wants to prepare young women for a bright future. Highly recommended.''
--The Midwest Book Review

''Educators and youth workers can get up to speed with this book's wealth of project ideas for schools, communities and families, emphasizing girls as creators of technology tools for self-fulfillment and social change.''
--Youth Today

How do we engage girls with technology and why is this important? Lesley Farmer examines how girls currently view and use technology, noting how uninformed they are as to technology's impact upon their futures. This dynamic book provides a framework that teachers, parents, and youth workers can use in motivating girls to both use and think about technology. Farmer shows us how to inspire teen girls with confidence and, in so doing, increase their interest in technology-based careers. Drawing upon the work of psychologists, sociologists, technologists, educators, and governmental agencies, the book highlights school- and community-based interventions that have successfully encouraged technology use among teenage girls. The text also features developmentally appropriate learning activities based specifically on girls interests. The book highlights the need for effective interventions that will empower girls and reframe their use of technology, details the roles that caring adults can play in providing resources and positive experiences that engage girls in deeper technology skills and applications, and provides fun learning activities that address girls interest in entertainment, school, fashion, animals, healthcare, law, sports, fitness, business, art, design, and writing.

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Lesley Farmer is a professor at California State University, Long Beach, where she coordinates the Librarianship Program.

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The first part of this book details the role that technology plays in girls' social and academic lives. Farmer also makes the case that those who don't become involved with technology are disadvantaged in life, and society does not benefit from their full potential. The second section of the book focuses on the research and the realities of technology and gender-related issues. The author makes her case that schools, communities, and families need to pay particular attention to why so many females are shying away from technology-heavy fields of study and careers. She states that it is societal attitudes and pressures that send mixed messages to young women. Finally, she provides technology-enhanced learning activities broken into in-school activities, community-based initiatives, and family-based activities. This section is the book's real value. It contains many suggestions on how to get girls interested in using and possibly exploring a career in technology. While the research is thorough, it is presented without any illustrative material to highlight points of interest, making the text somewhat dense and dry. Strong emphasis on curriculum and school-related issues makes this most useful for schools, but larger libraries and systems will also want to consider it.–Renee McGrath, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
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