Perception of Lebanese middle school students about engineering

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dc.contributor.author Abou-Jaoude, Grace
dc.contributor.author Najjar, Michelle
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-16T06:42:24Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-16T06:42:24Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/5780
dc.description.abstract In a male-dominated Middle Eastern society, female academics and professionals have come a long way in recent decades, challenging long-held stereotypes about women holding careers in fields of science and technology. Despite these gains, however, female enrollment in Lebanese engineering programs remains low-less than a quarter of all engineering students, according to a recent study. The current research, at the Lebanese American University (LAU), assesses the reasons that are possibly discouraging female students from pursuing engineering careers while targeting to make a step towards improving female representation. Encouraging female students to pursue careers in engineering requires an understanding of what young female students already know about the field, as well as recognizing what might spur their interest in choosing engineering professions over the more traditionally female-populated fields of literature and humanities. As a first step, a school survey was conducted to investigate and assess the current knowledge of female middle school students about engineering, with special emphasis on civil engineering. The main focus of the school survey was to identify the level of awareness of career alternatives, gender-related restrictions, parental guidance, social factors, and cultural factors that might affect the career choice. This paper summarizes the results of the survey and analyses the main factors that may help in encouraging women to join engineering schools. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher IEEE en_US
dc.subject Engineering -- Study and teaching -- Congresses
dc.title Perception of Lebanese middle school students about engineering en_US
dc.type Conference Paper / Proceeding en_US
dc.author.school SOE en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200702670 en_US
dc.author.department Civil Engineering en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.publication.place Piscataway, N.J.
dc.keywords Educational institutions en_US
dc.keywords Engineering profession en_US
dc.keywords Engineering education en_US
dc.keywords Civil engineering en_US
dc.keywords Mathematics en_US
dc.keywords Ecosystems en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Includes bibliographical references.
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2011.5773184 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Abou-Jaoude, G., & Najjar, M. (2011, April). Perception of Lebanese middle school students about engineering. In 2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON) (pp. 511-517). IEEE. en_US
dc.author.email grace.aboujaoude@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.conference.date 4-6 April, 2011 en_US
dc.conference.pages 511-517 en_US
dc.conference.place Amman, Jordan
dc.conference.title 2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/5773184/ en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1992-1611
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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