ERIC Number: EJ907106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
The Effectiveness of Engineering Workshops in Attracting Females into Engineering Fields: A Review of the Literature
Sinkele, Carrie Nicole; Mupinga, Davison M.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v84 n1 p37-42 2011
All-girl engineering workshops are increasing in popularity as a means to attract females into the male-dominated field of engineering. However, the effectiveness of such workshops as a recruitment tool is unclear. This report summarizes several research studies on this topic with the intent of showing the effectiveness of such workshops and other novel methods of introducing and retaining females throughout the schooling years. The analyzed literature identifies the most effective means of encouraging females into the field of engineering as ones that incorporate the following factors: true knowledge of profession, building a network of support, and realizing relevance to personal goals. Suggestions for increasing participation of women in nontraditional occupations are provided.
Descriptors: Nontraditional Occupations, Females, Workshops, Engineering, Literature Reviews, Engineering Education, Enrollment Management, Enrollment Influences, Student Recruitment, Program Effectiveness, Performance Factors, Academic Persistence, Womens Education, Educational Strategies
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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