ERIC Number: ED416770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
A Model Project To Improve the Climate for Women in Engineering.
Darby, Jeannie; Bland, Mary Margaret
This report describes activities and accomplishments of a 3-year pilot project conducted by the Center for Women in Engineering (California) to improve the classroom climate for girls at the K-12 level. Project programs included workshops for K-12 teachers, three educational outreach programs for teachers and students, and laboratory research/mentorship opportunities for female high school and undergraduate students. The programs reached an estimated 8,000 students and teachers and several of the programs are being institutionalized. Program evaluation indicated that teachers and students benefited when teachers collaborated in presenting hands-on and gender-equitable teaching techniques. Students received information about engineering as a career and came in contact with female engineering role models. Some students developed mentoring relationships with faculty and graduate students while experiencing scientific research firsthand. Individual sections of the report include an overview; the project's purpose, background and origins; project description, an evaluation, and results. A summary section offers recommendations for workshops and outreach programs. The extensive appendices include: an interinstitutional project profile, the project handbook, additional evaluation materials, and a list of project dissemination activities. Three papers resulting from the project are attached. They are: (1) "Perspectives on Evaluating Classroom Climate Programs for Women" (Mary Margaret Bland); (2) "Priming the Pump: Getting More Girls into the Engineering Pipeline" (Elizabeth Gillis Raley); and (3) "How Things Work: Helping Girls Explore Technology, Engineering Education for Elementary Teachers" (Judi Kusnick and others). (DB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Education, College School Cooperation, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Engineering, Experiential Learning, Females, Hands on Science, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Majors (Students), Mentors, Outreach Programs, Student Recruitment, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Davis.