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Perceptions of engineering from female, secondary college students in regional Victoria

By Linda Darby, Stephen Hall, Kim Dowling and Barry Kentish

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Survey and focus group interviews with female students in regional Victoria resulted in identification of four perceived barriers that influence them to exclude engineering as a career choice. These barriers were identified as a lack of interest in the perceived image, a lack of knowledge, a traditionally male-dominated industry, and limited recognisable role models. This paper reports on what Year 10 females are saying about the barriers and, consequently, how engineering can be promoted to overcome these barriers.E

Topics: Students, Females, Engineering, Regional, Victoria
Publisher: Melbourne : Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE)
Year: 2003
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