The effect of WIE Program on the Psychological Characteristics of Women Students in Engineering

공대 여학생의 전공 관련 심리적 특성에 미치는 WIE 프로그램의 영향

  • Kim, Dong-Ik (Dept. of Material Science and Engineering, Kunsan National University) ;
  • Lee, Young-Hwa (WIE in Kunsan National University)
  • 김동익 (군산대학교 신소재공학과) ;
  • 이영화 (WIE 군산대학교사업단)
  • Received : 2009.07.27
  • Accepted : 2009.09.23
  • Published : 2009.12.31


This research analyzes effects on women students' psychological characteristics participating in WIE Program (WIE, Women into Engineering) which develops and manages with gender perspective to inspire needed qualities for them to have a career in the field of engineering and improve the use of women resources. We surveyed 207 women students in WIE Program about psychological characteristics of finding ways in one's major field and recognition of developing one's ability through the program. The results show that women students have strong desire to have a carrier in the field of engineering, but seem to have low self-efficacy about it. Each characteristics are different from students to students due to their backgrounds. Next, each psychological characteristics have meaningful differences between groups that are taking WIE Program and groups that are not, and also between groups that have a lot of experiences and groups that have not. Last, women students think that they will be able to gain positiveness, self-efficacy, challenging mind by participating in WIE Program.


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