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ERIC Number: EJ898818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
Moving beyond Cultural Barriers: Successful Strategies of Female Technology Education Teachers
McCarthy, Raymond R.; Berger, Joseph
Journal of Technology Education, v19 n2 p65-79 Spr 2008
Women are underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields of study and careers with a subset of STEM--Technology Education--possibly one of the least integrated fields for women as students and as professionals. What accounts for this situation and what are potential remedies? The purpose of this study was to learn about the ways in which female technology education teachers understand sources of influence on their career choices. The findings from this study are intended to provide insights into the participants' perspectives that might shed light on how to better encourage females to aspire to and enter technology education as a profession. The conclusions derived from this study may help to create a deeper understanding of how women move beyond cultural barriers and make "unexpected transitions" to become female technology education teachers. This qualitative study is based on interviews with 10 female technology education teachers. This study is significant because little change has been made towards increasing female participation in STEM fields despite millions of dollars spent to overcome the shortage of women in STEM studies and careers. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Massachusetts; North Carolina; Ohio; Virginia