Gender Disparity in Engineering as a Function of Physics Enrollment and Its Implications for Civil Engineering

TitleGender Disparity in Engineering as a Function of Physics Enrollment and Its Implications for Civil Engineering
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsLaefer, DF
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number10523928
Accession Number41573773
KeywordsCivil , CIVIL engineering , COLLEGE , COLLEGE preparation programs , ENGINEERING , engineering education , Mathematics , School , SCHOOL enrollment , Study , STUDY & teaching , STUDY & teaching (Higher) , undergraduate , Undergraduate study , Universities , UNIVERSITIES & colleges , Women , WOMEN engineering students , workplace , Workplace diversity
AbstractThis paper focuses primarily on women in secondary education in terms of both attitudes toward and enrollment levels in preengineering courses such as calculus, chemistry, and physics. This paper concludes that secondary school participation and achievement in physics courses is a critical differential factor as one explanatory element of female engineering enrollment levels and provides specific recommendations as to how to increase interest, enrollment, and achievement in physics, including the segregation of entry-level engineering courses based on previous experience.
NotesLaefer, Debra F. 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Tenured Lecturer, Head of Urban Modelling Group, School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering, Univ. College Dublin, Newstead, G-25, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland; Source Info: Jul2009, Vol. 135 Issue 3, p95; Subject Term: CIVIL engineering; Subject Term: SCHOOL enrollment; Subject Term: UNIVERSITIES & colleges; Subject Term: WOMEN engineering students; Subject Term: COLLEGE preparation programs; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: STUDY & teaching; Subject Term: STUDY & teaching (Higher); Author-Supplied Keyword: Engineering education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Mathematics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Undergraduate study; Author-Supplied Keyword: Women; Author-Supplied Keyword: Workplace diversity; Number of Pages: 7p; Illustrations: 2 Charts, 7 Graphs; Document Type: Article
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