Gender equity in higher education: why and how? A case study of gender issues in a science faculty

TitleGender equity in higher education: why and how? A case study of gender issues in a science faculty
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsViefers, SF, Christie, MF, Ferdos, F
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Volume31
Issue1
Pagination15-22
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number03043797
Accession Number20063455
KeywordsCOLLEGE , education , ENGINEERING , gender , Higher , PHYSICS , Sex , SWEDEN , Universities , Women
AbstractIn order to understand why the number of women in the field of physics is still relatively small, this article reports on a qualitative case study of gender equity in a large physics faculty in a Swedish university. In order to locate our study in a more general social and political context the authors look at Swedish legislation that seeks to equalize opportunities for women in higher education. The rest of the study focuses on a brief review of research in the area of gender issues in higher education and an analysis of interviews with three women in physics: one a professor, one a lecturer and the third a PhD student. The analysis discusses why the current disproportion exists, if it is a good or bad thing for physics and physicists and how one might rectify any perceived problems in terms or gender relations and gender equity.
NotesViefers, Susanne F. 1 Christie, Michael F. 2 Ferdos, Fariba 2; Affiliation: 1: Department of Physics, University of Oslo, PO Box 1048, Blindern, 0316, Oslo, Norway 2: Chalmers University of Technology, 412 96, Göteborg, Sweden; Source Info: Mar2006, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p15; Subject Term: SEX discrimination in education; Subject Term: EDUCATION, Higher; Subject Term: COLLEGE teachers; Subject Term: UNIVERSITIES & colleges -- Faculty; Subject Term: WOMEN in science; Subject Term: WOMEN in physics; Subject Term: UNIVERSITIES & colleges; Subject Term: COLLEGE science teachers; Subject Term: SWEDEN; Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Gender equity; Author-Supplied Keyword: Physics; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611310 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools; Number of Pages: 8p; Illustrations: 1 Chart; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1080/03043790500429948
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