June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Educational Research and Methods
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Gender and Engineering: Using Photo Elicitation as a Method of Inquiry In this paper, I explore the application of photo elicitation as a method of understanding andchanging the perceptions of engineering held by professors and undergraduate students ofvarying disciplines, including engineering and technology. The research questions I address inthis paper include: (1) how is engineering conceptualized by undergraduate students andprofessors? (2) using photo elicitation, how are these concepts and perceptions gendered? and (3)how can photo elicitation be used as a pedagogical tool to change engineering epistemologies?The data set comprises a series of interviews including two individual interviews and one groupinterview. The study includes 15 participants comprised of nine women and six men. Five of theparticipants were in a multidisciplinary service-learning engineering design program inengineering and health sciences. Four of the participants were in a similar program or atechnology major. Three of the participants were majoring in technology. In the first phase of ourstudy we asked participants to gather photos that answer the question, “What is engineering toyou?” Each person then participated in a one-on-one interview explaining five of the photosthey brought. Then, we coordinated a group interview in which participants were asked to sharetheir opinions and thoughts about engineering using the photos as a way to initiate theconversation. Participants were invited to explain their chosen photos to the people in the group.We then conducted a final interview with each person individually to explore how eachparticipant’s views or thoughts may have altered or developed after having discussed the photosin the group.For our theoretical and methodological frameworks, we used a combination of grounded theorywith Shaffer and Svarovsky’s epistemic framework. In addition, we coded for outcome,relationships with others, and ways of thinking and doing. Results were analyzed for hegemonicgender markers and put into a broader engineering epistemological context. Results were alsointerpreted based on how the participants conceptualized and gender their perceptions. Initialfindings have suggested that most professors and students have both similar and unique ways ofdefining engineering, and many included themes of teamwork and problem solving.
Morley, K. M., & Pawley, A. L., & Jordan, S. S., & Adams, R. (2011, June), Gender and Engineering: Using Photo Elicitation as a Method of Inquiry Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18019
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