chapter  5
Studies on Gender and Electronic Text
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Two studies demonstrated how females used electronic text to build and enhance their social relationships (Christie, 1995; Lewis & Fabos, 1999). In the first study, Alice Christie (1995) conducted a feminist research project in which she invited third, fourth, and fifth graders to a university campus for a series of computer information (i.e., e-mail and Internet search engines) and exploration sessions. The researcher let the students decide how to spend their time each day. Her goal was to understand how children viewed computers and telecommunications. She examined how she (as the teacher researcher) and the children supported or rejected gendered stereotypes during their interactions with computers and computer text. In doing so, Christie analyzed 750 pages of e-mail messages, including students' logs and newsletters, as well as her observations of and interviews with students.