Combatting stereotypes in computing using personality type

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Computer Science


© 2018 IEEE. This Innovative Practice Work in Progress focuses on encouraging the persistence of computing majors. Research has shown that one factor in whether or not a student persists in a computing major is a sense of belonging. We are using Myers-Briggs personality types to help students see that even if they feel they are currently in a minority, others who are similar to them are successfully enjoying a computing career. It is our hope that our discussion of Myers-Briggs personality types also facilitates students' understanding of the value of diversity in a computing environment.

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Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE