Gender Stereotypes About Coding Ability Start as Young as 1st Grade, Study Finds

Sarah Schwartz, Education Week

05/16/2017

First study to find that children as young as age 6 have stereotypes about programming and robotics ability.


Sarah Schwartz from Education Week writes that experience programming robots can make young girls more interested in technology and more confident in their abilities in related subjects, a study published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology found.  But programming experience didn't diminish girls' gendered stereotypes about STEM ability. The 1st graders in the study, girls and boys alike, thought that boys were better at programming and robots.  Read her Education Week article here.