Why do girls choose engineering? A comparison of students in civil, environmental and chemical engineering

Gravina, R, Jollands, M and Woon, S 2011, 'Why do girls choose engineering? A comparison of students in civil, environmental and chemical engineering', in Professor Julie Mills & Dr Rebecca Gravina (ed.) Proceedings of the 15th International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists, Adelaide, Australia, 19-22 July 2011, pp. 1-10.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Why do girls choose engineering? A comparison of students in civil, environmental and chemical engineering
Author(s) Gravina, R
Jollands, M
Woon, S
Year 2011
Conference name 15th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES15)
Conference location Adelaide, Australia
Conference dates 19-22 July 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 15th International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists
Editor(s) Professor Julie Mills & Dr Rebecca Gravina
Publisher Engineers Australia
Place of publication Adelaide, Australia
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Abstract A large number of initiatives have been implemented to increase the number of girls starting engineering programs, but while a few have initially increased the numbers, none have delivered lasting results. This indicates there is a poor understanding of what attracts women to engineering. Among engineering disciplines, two consistently attract more girls: chemical and environmental engineering typically has 20 to 40% girls, compared to civil engineering with 5 to 10% girls. Despite this there have been no studies on what influences girls to select their discipline of engineering. This paper aims to evaluate what influences female students when selecting engineering as a university program and the particular discipline of engineering. Female engineering students from each discipline in the School of Civil Environmental and Chemical Engineering at RMIT University have been interviewed to explore why they chose that particular field of engineering and what influenced them in their choice. The results have been analysed to determine whether the factors are different when they choose different engineering disciplines and the outcomes will be used to develop strategies to encourage female students to choose engineering.
Subjects Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Leadership
innovation
sustainability
ISBN 9780858259973
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