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Attracting girls to science, engineering and technology: an Australian perspective


Leon de la Barra, BA and Little, AJ, Attracting girls to science, engineering and technology: an Australian perspective, European Journal of Engineering Education, 34, (5) pp. 439-445. ISSN 0304-3797 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/03043790903137585


This paper describes a project undertaken by the school outreach team at the School of Engineering, University of Tasmania, Australia, to attract girls to science, engineering and technology (SET). The project was a pilot program designed to engage female students from upper primary to senior secondary in the teaching of physical sciences. A pre-project survey revealed girls preferred working in small groups, they preferred learning through practical activities, technology was reported as artefact and they preferred learning about biological or environmental sciences. Based on this information the outreach team devised a program that provided schools with hands-on resource kits, provided professional learning for science teachers, connected schools with professional female engineer mentors, and encouraged girls to participate in extra-curricular SET activities and competitions. The outcomes of the year-long project are discussed and recommendations are made for further research. © 2009 SEFI.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Other engineering
Research Field:Other engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Gender aspects in education
UTAS Author:Leon de la Barra, BA (Dr Bernardo Leon de la Barra)
UTAS Author:Little, AJ (Miss Alison Little)
ID Code:60957
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2010-02-23
Last Modified:2011-10-04

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