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Although the growing parity in computer competence is promising, more effort is necessary to ensure that young women have equal access to technologyrelated training. Efforts must be made to give girls more positive role models and encouragement to learn about computers and eventually pursue technologyrelated careers. In particular, computer activities that are not motivated by competition and fast-pace should also be offered in classes.
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Publication information: Book title: Human-Computer Interaction:Ergonomics and User Interfaces. Volume: 1. Contributors: Hans-Jörg Bullinger - Editor, Jürgen Ziegler - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 391.
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