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ERIC Number: EJ768626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0024-9033
The Future of Engineering: A Study of the Gender Bias
Anderson, Lisa; Gilbride, Kimberley
McGill Journal of Education, v42 n1 p103-117 Win 2007
Women are under-represented in the engineering field. Although more than 50% of Canadian university students are female, they represent less than 25% of students enrolled nationally in engineering programs. This study found that female high school students are as aware of engineering as a discipline as their male counterparts but are significantly less interested in pursuing a career in the field. Knowledge about engineering was correlated to having an engineer in the family but not to the type of schooling (co-educational vs. all-girls) the girls received. The study also shows that a high school outreach program, Discover Engineering, has a positive effect on the interest of students, particularly female students, to consider engineering careers. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada