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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

15 - How the Perception of Young Malaysians toward Science and Mathematics Influences Their Decision to Study Computer Science

from Part IV - Cultural Perspectives from Asia-Pacific


It has been twelve years since our article “Women in Computer Science: No Shortage Here!” (Othman and Latih, 2006) was published. It is disheartening that after more than a decade, gender disparity in computer science (CS) is still an issue. Among important findings of our previous study is that young Malaysian females and males have a markedly different attitude toward science and mathematics compared with their Western counterparts. CS and information technology (IT) is not viewed as a masculine field by young Malaysians, which is a key reason why this nation does not encounter the problem of too few females being interested in pursuing a degree in CS/IT.