Gender Equity Issues in Technology Education: A Qualitative Approach to Uncovering the Barriers
This study was conducted in order to discover existing barriers that discourage females from enrolling in technology education (TED) classes in high school and college and to offer suggestions on ways to overcome those barriers. A pilot study was conducted in 2005 at an International Technology Educatorâs Association (ITEA) National Conference to help inform the researcher on the best way to collect data for the study. Participants for the pilot study included female technology education students from several major universities around the country. As a result of the pilot study, qualitative research methods were utilized including a survey for demographics, focus groups, small group interviews, and document analysis. The subjects for the current study were male and female students attending a major university who were enrolled in technology education courses as well as a group of females who were not technology education majors. Three groups were interviewed for the study: one group was comprised of females majoring in technology education, a second group was made up of females enrolled in an introductory graphic communications class who were not technology education majors, and the final group was a group of male technology education majors. Analysis of the data explored possible explanations for and solutions to low female enrollment in technology education and technology-related fields which could influence the way technology education and STEM classes are taught in the future.
Advisor:Dr. Catherine Warren; Dr. Alice Scales; Dr. Theodore Branoff; Dr. William J. Haynie
School:North Carolina State University
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:12/15/2008