It's not just for boys


Against an historical background of sexual inequality in the workplace engineering persists as a bastion of inequality in the 21st century. This research examines the perceptions of engineering of 86 students, who chose to study the new Level 2 Engineering Diploma at age 14. The students were based in the South West of Birmingham, close to the MG Rover Longbridge plant that closed in 2005. The results have been compared with the results of the EngineeringUK survey (EngineeringUK,2012) on perceptions of Engineering. The survey involved 5 schools - one all girls' school. Nearly a third of the students were girls. The study provides an insight into how these students acquired their perceptions of Engineering and provides clarity as to why they were attracted to join the programme at age 14. A key aspect of this study is to understand why these girls did choose and stay with the study of engineering, whilst most do not despite performing as well as boys in Maths and Science at GCSE level. Informed by the outcomes of this study the paper identifies key areas where work can be done to change teachers, parents and pupils perceptions and enable more females to recognise the possibility of both studying and working in an engineering field.

Divisions: Aston University (General)
Additional Information: Copyright © September 2012, authors as listed at the start of this paper. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivs 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).
Event Title: International conference on innovation, practice and research in Engineering Education
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2012-09-18 - 2012-09-20
Uncontrolled Keywords: Management of Technology and Innovation,Education
ISBN: 978-1-907632-16-7
Full Text Link: http://cede.lbo ... sion_138_gp.pdf
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PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2012
Authors: Allen, Valerie

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