June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Women in Engineering
22.1607.1 - 22.1607.9
Using an Extension Services Model to Increase Gender Equity in EngineeringThe XXXX Project developed a research-based approach to encouraging more gender equity inengineering, specifically in the mechanical and electrical fields, with the ultimate goal ofincreasing the number of women attaining baccalaureate degrees in these fields. Using anextension services model, we envisioned a “train-the-trainer” program, with our Experts workingwith individuals who provide professional development to teachers, faculty, and outreachvolunteers. Working with three engineering associations, we began by conducting needsassessment surveys with their members to determine how to best focus our efforts. Originally,one of the associations focused on undergraduate retention and faculty development, oneassociation focused on K-12 outreach and training volunteers, and one association focused on K-12 pre-engineering and engineering courses and training teachers. In addition, the original plancalled for an electronic network to link the Experts, representatives from the engineeringassociations (Extension Agents), and XXXX Project staff.Over the 5-year course of the Project, the original plan evolved from a “train-the-trainer”approach to one employing consultants (our Experts) to give both advice to the originalExtension Agents who provide faculty and teacher development as well as to work directly withengineering faculty members on projects aimed at both K-12 and undergraduate students. Wealso revamped the electronic network based on feedback from all stakeholders and developed awebsite that is widely accessible to those in the Project as well as the general public. The websiteserves as a clearinghouse for resources developed during the Project as well as relevant research-based resources on gender equity, engineering education, and project management.As the Project draws to a close, we are surveying all individuals who participated in any way inour activities. This paper will describe our lessons learned over the course of the project, theresources that were developed, and the application of these lessons and resources to other effortsto encourage diverse students to study engineering.
Cady, E. T., & Fortenberry, N. L., & Didion, C. (2011, June), Using an Extension Services Model to Increase Gender Equity in Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18951
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