Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering Education: Looking Through the Gender Question

Strachan, Becky, Peixoto, Aruquia, de los Angeles Martinez, Maria, González González, Carina Soledad, Plaza, Pedro, Blazquez, Manuel and Castro, Manuel (2018) Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering Education: Looking Through the Gender Question. In: EDUCON2018 – IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, 18th - 20th April 2018, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.

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Abstract

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) field in general, and Engineering, suffer from a lack of diversity. Yet there is growing evidence that more diverse organizations are more successful and effective. There is also a global shortage of STEM and engineering skills that can be tackled by addressing the lack of diversity in the field. One obvious way to view this problem is by looking at gender. Women make up 50% of the population, but in Engineering the number of female students and professionals is clearly less than this, often around 10 – 25% in many parts of the world. This underrepresentation of women leads us to think about other groups that are underrepresented in Engineering; these include Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and those from socially deprived backgrounds. This paper examines a number of approaches to support diversity and inclusion to encourage a greater uptake of engineering by underrepresented groups and to retain people in the sector.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Short paper presented at IEEE Educon 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: diversity, inclusion, engineering education
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
H900 Others in Engineering
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Strachan
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2018 15:52
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2018 11:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34443

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