Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Educational Research and Methods
In the modern world, women students have outpaced men students in earning degrees and assimilating in the new economy. However, their performance in the STEM disciplines and workforce, especially in engineering has been unsatisfactory. While the pre-2007 downward trend of graduation rate of women engineers seems to have been reversed in the 2007-2014 time-frame, the under-representation remains still significant - at below 20%.
Such sustained underrepresentation of women (and ethnic minorities) will create a lack of diversity in engineering workforce, which can hamper development of innovative and customer-centric solutions. Recognizing this, engineering education researchers have focused on examining women’s experiences and issues in engineering academic lives and workplaces, resulting in many research papers. This paper carries out a systematic review of some of those papers to synthesize a comprehensive and strong picture of the work done in improving success of women engineering students in the US. We chose papers published in the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE) from 1993 onwards that claimed to study gender and success within engineering programs and workplaces. We chose JEE, a publication of the American Society of Engineering Education, since it is the primary choice of engineering education researchers, especially in the US.
Waychal, P. K., & Henderson, C. (2018, June), A Systematic Literature Review on Improving Success of Women Engineering Students in the United States Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29738
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