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Gender Conception and the Chilly Road to Female Undergraduates' Persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields

Title: Gender Conception and the Chilly Road to Female Undergraduates' Persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields.
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Name(s): Hughes, Roxanne M., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2012-11-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Women represent less than a third of undergraduate and graduate degrees in science and engineering (SE). This underrepresentation is not only a social and cultural issue, but it is also cause for alarm with regard to the United States' ability to maintain its technological and economic dominance in the global economy. Research indicates that there are internal and external factors that affect the ability of women to see future success in SE and to identify with the masculine nature of SE. This study focuses on the role of identity in 26 women's decisions to persist or leave their SE undergraduate degree at the university level. The study utilizes multiple conceptions of identity negotiation to identify how each participant negotiated her own personal identity with that of the SE departmental culture of which she was a part. The findings reveal that only women who participate in redefinition strategies related to their marginalized status are able to persist; those who cannot redefine their marginality in relation to the dominant discourse of SE begin to lose interest or doubt their competence in the field, resulting in their departure from SE. The findings also illustrate additions to current identity frameworks to better understand the role of SE identity for leavers.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1491575140 (IID), 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2013003752 (DOI)
Keywords: Science and engineering, Gender issues, Higher education, Identity, Positive marginality, Liberal feminism
Publication Note: This is an accepted manuscript version of the article, and the publisher's version of record is available at https://doi.org/10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2013003752.
Preferred Citation: Hughes, R. (2012). Gender Conception and the Chilly Road to Female Undergraduates’ Persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 18(3), 215-234.
Grant Number: National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research through DMR 0654118
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1491575140
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering.
Issue: iss. 3, vol. 18

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Hughes, R. M. (2012). Gender Conception and the Chilly Road to Female Undergraduates' Persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields. Journal Of Women And Minorities In Science And Engineering. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1491575140