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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Imprimir: 1072-8325
ISSN En Línea: 1940-431X

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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v1.i2.20
pages 99-121

HOW ENGINEERING EDUCATION SHORTCHANGES WOMEN

Vivian Anderson
Department of Mathematics, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York 13323

SINOPSIS

The proportion of white males in U.S. society, those for whom engineering education was originally designed, is decreasing. Government, industry, and schools of engineering all recognize the need to recruit more women and ethnic minorities to the study of engineering. However, in spite of their increasing efforts over the past decade to recruit more women to engineering studies, the proportion of women students throughout this time has remained relatively stable at around 15%. Clearly, efforts to attract and retain more women simply by supporting their adaptation to the current system have been ineffective. In this report the specific needs of women students in current engineering programs are identified from the accounts they give of what they have experienced in their programs and from the meanings these experiences have for them. To meet these needs, substantive changes are recommended in program structure, curriculum, and pedagogy to address: (1) differences in background experiences and preparation for engineering, (2) preferred styles of learning and ways of knowing, and (3) personal value systems.


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