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Gender differences in student attitudes toward engineering and academic careers

Vrcelj, Zora and Krishnan, Shana (2008) Gender differences in student attitudes toward engineering and academic careers. Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 14 (2). pp. 43-56. ISSN 1324-5821

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Past research has attributed many reasons for the under-representation of women in engineering and academic careers, which start from childhood and progress all the way to professional levels in adulthood. The focus of this research is on understanding barriers to further education experienced by female students in order to encourage them into postgraduate study and an academic career. A pilot study, an extensive survey of current studies, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and focus group meetings were undertaken to identify the ways female students at present feel supported in pursuing a civil engineering degree and the forms of further support that could be provided. The surveys sought answers on how best to address the obstacles that discourage women from pursuing and completeing graduate degrees.

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Technical Paper

Uncontrolled Keywords: under-representation, female students, further education, postgraduate study, graduate degree
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0999 Other Engineering
FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Science and Engineering
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2013 01:27
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2014 11:00
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