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ERIC Number: EJ884334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Gender Issues in the University Research Environment
Alpay, E.; Hari, A.; Kambouri, M.; Ahearn, A. L.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v35 n2 p135-145 May 2010
Recruiting and retaining females within science, engineering and technology continues to challenge many European higher education institutions. This study looks at female self-perceptions relating to effective research work and career progression. Focus groups are used to examine the attitudes and experiences of females and a questionnaire is used to explore perceptions in four main skills areas: group work; communication; personal awareness; project planning and management. The study indicates consistent female concerns on issues pertaining to effective female role models, negative work-role stereotypes and the work-life balance of an academic career. For all four skills areas, the average confidence scores of the female participants fell below those of males, but these differences were only statistically significant for perceptions on group work and communication skills and prior to an intense skills development course. Based on these findings, a student workshop on gender issues has been developed, an outline of which is presented. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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