Teen Girls and Technology: What's the Problem, What's the Solution?

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Are teenage girls being left behind in the technology race? According to author and professor Lesley Farmer, teenage girls are not embracing technology and all of its potential impact on their futures.

In Teen Girls and Technology, Farmer explores the developmental issues of teen girls, including the reality of girls and tech as it now stands. She addresses adults who work with teenage girls and offers ideas for reframing technology use by girls in terms of empowering their personal and professional growth. In the last section, she provides concrete activities that adults can use to bring teenage girls into a deeper relationship with technology and its applications. Concerned adults will discover

  • Recommended interventions and strategies to motivate girls
  • How to create a positive environment around technology use
  • Institutional and family-based solutions for gaining technology skills
  • Connections between technology and career success for teenage girls

    To offset society's perception of girls as technophobic, educators, librarians, and caring adults must actively reach out with programs to engage girls with technology. Only then will their interventions open the doors for success.

  • Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer

    Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer, professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), coordinates the Librarianship Program. She earned her MS in library science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in adult education from Temple University. Farmer has worked as a librarian in K-12 school settings, as well as in public, special, and academic libraries. She is incoming chair of the Education Section of the Special Libraries Association, and she is the International Association of School Librarianship's vice president of association relations. Farmer is a Fulbright Scholar and has received the Distinguished Scholarly Activity Award from CSULB, several professional association awards, and national and international grants. Farmer's research interests include information literacy, assessment, collaboration, and educational technology. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, Farmer has published two dozen professional books and more than a hundred professional book chapters and articles.

    "Ideal for anyone who wants to prepare young women for a bright future… highly recommended." –Midwest Book Review