It’s about bits of machines & stuff: why girls don’t ‘do’ engineering

Jane Andrews, Robin Clark

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Abstract

This paper draws upon part of the findings of an ethnographic study in which two seventeen year old girls were employed to interview their peer about engineering as a study and career choice. It argues that whilst girls do view engineering as being generally masculine in nature, other factors such as a lack of female role models and an emphasis on physics and maths act as barriers to young women entering the discipline. The paper concludes by noting that engineering has much to offer young women, the problem is, they simply don’t know this is the case!
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in Engineering Education Bi-Annual Symposium Conference Proceedings
Place of PublicationRed Hook, NY (US)
Pages402-408
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013
EventResearch in Engineering Education Symposium 2013 - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Putrajaya, Malaysia
Duration: 4 Jul 20136 Jul 2013

Symposium

SymposiumResearch in Engineering Education Symposium 2013
Abbreviated titleREES 2013
CountryMalaysia
CityPutrajaya
Period4/07/136/07/13

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Andrews, J., & Clark, R. (2013). It’s about bits of machines & stuff: why girls don’t ‘do’ engineering. In Research in Engineering Education Bi-Annual Symposium Conference Proceedings (pp. 402-408).