5. Gender e computer: effetti del contesto in una attività in classe supportata dal computer

Silvia Serena Fornarelli, Maria Beatrice Ligorio

Abstract


We consider the gender-technology relationship as culturally-grounded. Theexperience presented here inquires about the role of gender during groupdiscussions supported by a software called CoFFEE. A classroom, composedby 14 students (average age 17), fi ve males and nine females, was involved.The activity was carried out in the computer lab where students were free toself-organize the groups. Six dyads, homogenous in terms of gender, and twostudents individually, sat in front of the computers. Four groups, one of themcomposed of boys, two of girls, and one mixed, were formed to work online.The video of the activity, the report automatically recorded by CoFFEE andthe fi eld notes collected by a researcher, were analyzed by two researchers inorder to single out the groups’ interaction strategies. Results showed that: a)gender is a dimension impacting groups formation; b) groups online tendedto be more mixed; c) each group managed the task in a specifi c way; and, d)the teacher offered more support to the male groups.

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