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Publications by Lynette Kvasny (bibliography)

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Trauth, Eileen M., Cain, Curtis, Joshi, K. D., Kvasny, Lynette and Booth, Kayla (2012): Understanding underrepresentation in IT through intersectionality. In: Proceedings of the 2012 iConference 2012. pp. 56-62. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2132176.2132184

Results of an investigation of the effect of intersectionality on perceptions of university students about IT careers are presented. This analysis deepens the discussion began at the 2011 iConference by presenting an examination of responses of African American males and females on the topic of gender norms and stereotypes about IT professionals. The findings provide evidence of the influence of race on gender stereotypes that individuals hold about the IT field. Gender differences in stereotypes reveal within-race variation in perceptions about the IT field. IT skills perceived by African American females as feminine are nearly identical to those found across all participants in the study. In contrast, African American males did not identify any skills as feminine. These results suggest that finer grained analysis of under representation in the IT field can be achieved by pursuing the intersectionality of gender and race.

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Kvasny, Lynette, Joshi, KD and Trauth, Eileen (2011): The influence of self-efficacy, gender stereotypes and the importance of it skills on college students' intentions to pursue IT careers. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 508-513. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1940761.1940831

Diversity-related themes such as social inclusion, community informatics, and broadening participation in undergraduate and graduate education are consistently discussed at the i-Conference. In this paper, the authors examine three factors (self-efficacy, gender stereotypes about IT skills, and the importance of IT skills) which are critical in shaping career choices of the iSchool undergraduate population. To further our understanding of human diversity, we seek to determine if there is variation in these three factors by race/ethnicity. The findings suggest that students across racial and ethnic backgrounds are similar in their beliefs about job skills required for IT careers as well as their ability to acquire and perform these skills. However, students seem to be more confident in their non-technical skills and place highest importance on human skills. Information science undergraduate programs may, therefore, need to place greater emphasis on the transfer of technical skills and educate students about the importance of these skills in the workplace.

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Keil, Mark, Meader, Garret W. and Kvasny, Lynette (2003): Bridging the Digital Divide: The Story of the Free Internet Initiative in LaGrange, Georgia. In: HICSS 2003 2003. p. 140. http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/2003/1874/05/187450140babs.htm

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