Effectiveness of "Women in Engineering" Course

"여성과 공학" 교과목의 효과성 검증 연구

  • Youn, Jong-Tae (Division of Image and Information Engineering, Pukyong National University) ;
  • Han, Hyun-Woo (Department of Education, Pusan National University)
  • 윤종태 (부경대학교 화상정보공학부) ;
  • 한현우 (부산대학교 교육학과)
  • Received : 2010.05.07
  • Accepted : 2011.05.11
  • Published : 2011.05.31

Abstract

Women in the predominantly male-oriented college of engineering which is afflicted by the high dropout rate and the low employment rate of coeds in their majoring fields because of the die-hard male dominant culture. In order to resolve the related problems, P University has been actively engaged in a movement called "Women into Engineering" (WIE) to raise the gender cognitive awareness and to train women engineers for highly qualified work force. As part of the movement, a subject called "Women in Engineering" that focuses on the gender cognitive perspective is effective to reduce the dropout rate and to land a job inside their fields by stimulating their interest in their specialty and masting soft/hard skills. The study was conducted a survey of the coeds who have completed the "Women in Engineering" course to evaluate the degree of satisfaction perceived, and a t-test through comparing the group of the coeds and a group of coeds who have not taken the course. The results showed statistically significant responses indicating that both groups of coeds would like to see WIE offer more basic engineering courses like "Women in Engineering". This may lay the foundation to offer other major engineering courses for juniors and seniors that emphasize the gender cognitive approach.

Keywords

Women into Engineering(WIE);Women in Engineering course;engineering education

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