Gender differences in student attitudes toward engineering and academic careers

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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


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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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0999 Other Engineering
Historical > FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords under-representation, female students, further education, postgraduate study, graduate degree
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