ERIC Number: ED247964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-26
Reference Count: 0
Women in Technology: The Evolution of a Simple Program That Works.
Crumb, Jean Marie; Fenton, Ray
Three papers present views on women in technology programs and occupations, and on Corning Community College's (CCC's) program to encourage women to enter technological fields in which they have been historically underrepresented. First, Edward F. Herman presents the historical background to the development of CCC's Women in Technology program, which, on a low-cost, volunteer basis, attempts to address the stereotyping which discourages women from entering technological programs; increase the number of women entering these programs; examine sexist attitudes and instructional materials; sensitize faculty to the messages they transmit to women in technological fields; and provide support for women in a male-dominated classroom. Next, George Gifford highlights the three components of the Women in Technology Program: (1) luncheons, to which all women technology students are invited to discuss their experiences and difficulties; (2) interviews, conducted by a female counselor with women technology students to identify sex bias in instructional materials, special treatment received in class, and the degree of acceptance of the women; and (3) a Women in Technology Day for community women. Finally, Peggy Weeks in "Women in Technology: A Personal View," delivers an account of her experiences as a woman who entered the field of metallurgy in industry, and later accepted a position at CCC teaching mechanical technology. Weeks discusses some of the barriers faced by women in technology programs and in the workforce. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Corning Community College NY
Note: Papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).