Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Diversity and ASEE Diversity Committee
This phenomenological study investigates the experiences of eight women from Kuwait and Oman who, in 2014, started a four-year Bachelor of Engineering program together at a large public institution of higher education in Ireland. Of the eight, seven were still enrolled in 2018 and were in their fourth year studying at the university-level. Although one participant had returned to her home country to complete a degree in teaching English, the seven others were on-track to earn degrees in engineering. Over the course of four years we have conducted 20 interviews with these eight students. In this paper we report results and findings related to the first 13 of these interviews, conducted first- through third-year.
As education researchers, we aim to understand the essence of the experience these women have had studying engineering. We want to understand what it is like to study engineering in Ireland as female from the Middle East. What aspects of the experience are shared across all the Middle Eastern women in the course? What specific challenges, barriers, sources of inspiration and support do these women experience? Which behaviors of friends, teammates, and teachers help these students in learning, and which hinder them?
Chance, S. M., & Williams, B. (2018, June), Preliminary Findings of a Phenomenological Study of Middle Eastern Women’s Experiences Studying Engineering in Ireland Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30882
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