What do schoolgirls think of engineering? A critique of conversations from a participatory research approach

Andrews, Jane and Clark, Robin What do schoolgirls think of engineering? A critique of conversations from a participatory research approach. IN: ASEE annual conference and exposition, conference proceedings. American Society for Engineering Education.

Abstract

Whilst statistics vary, putting the percentage of women engineers at between 6%[1] and 9% [2] of the UK Engineering workforce, what cannot be disputed is that there is a need to attract more young women into the profession. Building on previous work which examined why engineering continues to fail to attract high numbers of young women[3,4] and starting with the research question "What do High School girls think of engineering as a future career and study choice?", this paper critiques research conducted utilising a participatory approach[5] in which twenty semi-structured in depth interviews were conducted by two teenage researchers with High School girls from two different schools in the West Midlands area of the UK. In looking at the issues through the eyes of 16 and 17 year old girls, the study provides a unique insight into why girls are not attracted to engineering.

Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering systems & management
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering Education research group
Event Title: 121st American Society for Engineering Education annual conference and exposition
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2014-06-15 - 2014-06-18
Uncontrolled Keywords: Engineering(all)
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Authors: Andrews, Jane
Clark, Robin

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