Minority report: female first year students' experience of Engineering Teams

Joyce, Thomas; Hopkins, Clare
June 2012
Engineering Education;Jun2012, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p20
Academic Journal
As part of a wider HEFCE/Paul Hamlyn project entitled What works? Student retention and success1 the impact of the introduction of team working on women students was evaluated. Women make up a small percentage of a large cohort of stage 1 students at the university studied. Evaluation of the initiative was conducted through a single focus group comprised of 90% of the women in the cohort, triangulated by retrospective analysis of online questionnaires from two cohorts of students. The qualitative data was analysed using the constant comparative method. While expressing their appreciation of participation, women described the strategies they employed to ensure their inclusion and success. Recommendations are made to enhance the experience of women within engineering teams.


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