ERIC Number: ED205878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Women Students in Engineering: A Case Study.
Women are underrepresented in professional and technical careers. Research to examine this imbalance has focused on either characteristics of individual women or the interpersonal and structural barriers faced in pursuing these careers. An integration of both person and setting perspectives may provide further understanding of traditionally male-dominated fields, particularly engineering, which may have the most extreme ratio of males to females. Male and female undergraduates (N=191) participated in interviews exploring demographics, high school experiences, college and career plans, perceptions of engineering, experiences of sex discrimination, and other related topics. Results indicated that women did not differ significantly from men in ability or career motivation. However, the women engineers were subject to many interpersonal and social barriers to their choice of engineering, e.g., social isolation, family and career commitments, negative critical incidents, and sex discrimination. Characteristics of the women engineering students paralleled those found in other studies; the women were autonomous and capable, despite existing obstacles. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A