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Cloutier, Aimee; Yew, Guo Zheng; Gupta, Siddhartha; Dissanayake, Kalpani; Monaco, Paula – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2018
The importance of reducing the gender gap in engineering programs by recruiting and retaining female students is well recognized. Although women hold roughly half of all jobs in the United States, only 24% of STEM jobs are occupied by women. The problem is even more pronounced for engineering, where women held about 12% of jobs as of 2013 (Corbett…
Descriptors: Females, High School Students, STEM Education, Summer Programs
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Mentzer, Nathan; Fosmire, Michael J. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2015
This study measured the information gathering behaviors of high school students who had taken engineering design courses as they solved a design problem. The authors investigated what types of information students accessed, its quality, when it was accessed during the students' process, and if it impacted their thinking during the activity.…
Descriptors: High School Students, User Needs (Information), Engineering Technology, Design
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Ing, Marsha; Aschbacher, Pamela R.; Tsai, Sherry M. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2014
This longitudinal study analyzes survey responses in seventh, eighth, and ninth grade from diverse public school students (n = 482) to explore gender differences in engineering and science career preferences. Females were far more likely to express interest in a science career (31%) than an engineering career (13%), while the reverse was true for…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Middle School Students, Student Interests, Engineering
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Santoso, Harry B.; Lawanto, Oenardi; Becker, Kurt; Fang, Ning; Reeve, Edward M. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2014
The purpose of this research was to investigate high school students' computer self-efficacy (CSE) and learning behavior in a self-regulated learning (SRL) framework while utilizing an interactive learning module. The researcher hypothesizes that CSE is reflected on cognitive actions and metacognitive strategies while the students are engaged with…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, High School Students, Self Control, Educational Environment