Increasing the diversity of engineering education - a gender analysis in a PBL context

TitleIncreasing the diversity of engineering education - a gender analysis in a PBL context
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsXiangyun, D, Kolmos, A
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number03043797
Accession Number44205111
KeywordsACTIVE , Diversity , educational , ENGINEERING , gender , PBL , Project , Women
Abstractthis paper discusses how changes in an engineering department's curriculum can help make the subject more relevant and gainful for all students, as well as more attractive to women. Based on the empirical research of two PhD studies on gender and project based learning, the authors suggest that problem-based and project-based learning (PBL) method is apt for increasing gender diversity from both the quality and the quantity point of view. The results of these studies suggest that the learning environment along with the establishment of new engineering programmes with more contextualised content would result in increased recruitment of women along with a substantial level of appreciation of learning.
NotesXiangyun Du 1; Email Address: Kolmos, Anette 1; Affiliation: 1: UNESCO Chair in PBL, Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark; Source Info: Oct2009, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p425; Subject Term: PROJECT method in teaching; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: WOMEN engineers; Subject Term: EDUCATIONAL programs; Subject Term: GENDER identity; Subject Term: ACTIVE learning; Subject Term: ENGINEERING students; Subject Term: ENGINEERING schools; Author-Supplied Keyword: diversity; Author-Supplied Keyword: engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: gender; Author-Supplied Keyword: PBL; Number of Pages: 13p; Document Type: Article
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