It’s about bits of machines & stuff:why girls don’t ‘do’ engineering

Andrews, Jane and Clark, Robin (2013). It’s about bits of machines & stuff:why girls don’t ‘do’ engineering. IN: Research in Engineering Education Bi-Annual Symposium Conference Proceedings. Red Hook, NY (US): UNSPECIFIED.

Abstract

This paper draws upon part of the findings of an ethnographic study in which two seventeen year old girls were employed to interview their peer about engineering as a study and career choice. It argues that whilst girls do view engineering as being generally masculine in nature, other factors such as a lack of female role models and an emphasis on physics and maths act as barriers to young women entering the discipline. The paper concludes by noting that engineering has much to offer young women, the problem is, they simply don’t know this is the case!

Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering systems & management
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering Education research group
Event Title: Research in Engineering Education Symposium 2013
Event Type: Other
Event Location: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Event Dates: 2013-07-04 - 2013-07-06
Published Date: 2013-07-01

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