New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
The professions of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) have a history of being male dominated and disallowing female entrance. While some increase of gender diversity has been noted, even today the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports female participation in the AEC industries to be only 7.5 percent. Not surprisingly, these same trends extend to the collegiate level. A number of research studies have been conducted attempting to define the barriers to women in each of these fields. However, the majority of this research has taken place at the professional level, and little research has been done at the collegiate level. While similar barriers may exist for females at the collegiate level, it is conceivable that different barriers exist as well. The purpose of this research is to collect descriptive data on females majoring in the AEC disciplines to further understand the barriers to entry, and help determine what barriers women find when entering a male dominated field and their motivations.
Our work investigates the self-efficacy of women in engineering, construction, and architecture as well as motivating background factors and potential obstructions. Our research question is: What barriers exist for women majoring in architecture, engineering, and construction in self-efficacy, background factors, and view of obstructions? We collected this data through an online survey distributed via email to various students groups. The survey consisted of 10 questions centered on obstructions, background factors, and self-efficacy.
Our work is a first round investigation of women in these very similar majors at a university in the south east. Through this research we can begin to understand factors affecting women considering a professional future in these male dominated fields. Our work can help define motivating factors for women to enter into male dominated areas and their obstructions. It will also provide opportunity for cross-comparisons of the three professions to identify differing and overlapping factors that can later be used to form more effective recruitment techniques.
Grimes, D., & Leathem, T. M. (2016, June), Factors of Influence for Females Majoring in the Fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26882
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