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Morrissette, Victoria – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The historical underrepresentation of women in engineering persists for women engineering majors in college and once they enter the workforce. While some engineering disciplines have seen an increase in women students, overall the numbers still have fallen well behind other STEM disciplines despite years of research. Most studies on this issue…
Descriptors: Females, Majors (Students), Engineering Education, Academic Persistence
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Smith, Kathleen N.; Gayles, Joy Gaston – Journal of College Student Development, 2017
Using social cognitive career theory and the cognitive information processing model as frameworks, in this constructivist case study we examined the career-related experiences and decisions of 10 women engineering undergraduate seniors who accepted full-time positions. From the data analysis 3 major themes emerged: critical undergraduate…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Females, Engineering Education, Science Instruction
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Bossart, Jean; Bharti, Neelam – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
Universities across the United States (U.S.) are perplexed as to why fewer women than men study engineering and why even fewer complete the curriculum and earn an undergraduate degree in engineering. The percentage of undergraduate engineering degrees awarded annually to women in the U.S. since 2000 has remained relatively constant at around 20%.…
Descriptors: Females, Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students)
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Beddoes, Kacey – Studies in Higher Education, 2018
Despite a nearly 40-year history of research initiatives and interventions to recruit and retain women engineering students, women remain significantly underrepresented in engineering. Given the lack of progress, it seems clear that new lenses on the problem of underrepresentation warrant further attention. Higher education policies are one area…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty, Females, Disproportionate Representation
Gross, Sandra – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this case study is to explore the lived experiences of women engineering students. Social cognitive and social cognitive career theories served as the theoretical foundation of this study. In this study, a sample of seven engineering students from a small private university in Ecuador were interviewed using a semi-structured format…
Descriptors: College Students, Females, Disproportionate Representation, Engineering Education
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Rincón, Blanca E.; George-Jackson, Casey E. – Journal of College Student Development, 2016
Women comprise over half of the total undergraduate population in the United States (National Center for Education Statistics, 2014), yet remain underrepresented in a number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields (National Science Foundation [NSF], 2014). Although women have steadily increased their representation in…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Intervention, Womens Education, Engineering Education
Naphan, Dara Elizabeth – ProQuest LLC, 2016
In this dissertation, I researched factors that predicted women's likelihood of persistence in college engineering. Women are less likely to study engineering in college than men, and when they do, they are more likely to switch out to another major. As a male-dominated field, micro-aggressions and other forms of discrimination from males are not…
Descriptors: Females, Academic Persistence, College Students, Engineering Education
Mahajan, P. T.; Golahit, S. B. – Online Submission, 2017
Engineering plays a key role in supporting the growth and development of a country's economy as well as in improving the quality of life for citizens. Most of developed countries witnessed economic growth with the contribution of women in engineering field. In developing countries like India women remained under-utilized resource. Women in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering Education, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs)
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Trautvetter, Lois Calian – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
How do undergraduate student experiences and STEM gender gaps differ across diverse postsecondary sectors and programmatic contexts? The research presented uses mixed methods to examine how institutional cultures, practices, and policies play roles in both recruiting and retaining undergraduate women in engineering. Practical examples are…
Descriptors: Females, Engineering Education, Gender Differences, STEM Education
Dinin, Alessandra Jayne – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This dissertation study explores the experiences of 11 undergraduate women in a variety of engineering majors graduating from a Southern, research, predominately White institution and the use of theory to understand those experiences. While narrative inquiry is used throughout, this dissertation study is organized into three separate papers. The…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Females, Engineering Education, Student Experience
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Dell, Elizabeth M.; Verhoeven, Yen; Christman, Jeanne W.; Garrick, Robert D. – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2018
Diverse perspectives are required to address the technological problems facing our world. Although women perform as well as their male counterparts in math and science prior to entering college, the numbers of women students entering and completing engineering programmes are far below their representation in the workforce. This paper reports on a…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Undergraduate Students, Focus Groups, Females
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Mlambo, Yeukai Angela; Mabokela, Reitumetse Obakeng – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
The under-representation of women in engineering is an issue of concern for policy-makers. While much of the existing literature has focussed on understanding reasons for women's under-representation in engineering and related technical fields, there is a paucity of research that examines why women who are already in engineering persist. This…
Descriptors: Engineering, Technical Occupations, Women Scientists, Womens Education
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Goy, Siew Ching; Wong, Yut Lin; Low, Wah Yun; Noor, Siti Nurani Mohd; Fazli-Khalaf, Zahra; Onyeneho, Nkechi; Daniel, Esther; Azizan, SuzanaAriff; Hasbullah, Maisarah; GinikaUzoigwe, Anthonia – Studies in Higher Education, 2018
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is acknowledged as one of the key drivers of technological innovation. Malaysian women join the educational pipeline as equals to their male counterparts. Nevertheless, women are persistently under-represented in technology and engineering, but over-represented in other STEM fields. Using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, STEM Education, Sex Fairness, Equal Education
Blakley, Jacquelyn – ProQuest LLC, 2016
This study examined the experiences of African American women in engineering technology programs in community colleges. There is a lack of representation of African American women in engineering technology programs throughout higher education, especially in community/technical colleges. There is also lack of representation of African American…
Descriptors: African Americans, Females, Engineering Education, Community Colleges
Perez, Jessica Ohanian – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Women earn bachelor's degrees in engineering at a rate of less than 17% at public universities in California. The purpose of this study was to understand how women experience undergraduate engineering programs at public universities. To understand this lack of attainment, a qualitative methodology and Feminist Poststructuralist perspective were…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Females, College Transfer Students, First Generation College Students
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