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Title: A Simulation-Based Approach for Increasing Women in Engineering
Authors: Arastoopour, Golnaz
Chesler, Naomi
Shaffer, David Williamson
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Arastoopour, G., Chesler, N., & Shaffer, D. W. (2013). A Simulation-Based Approach for Increasing Women in Engineering. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 2 — Short Papers, Panels, Posters, Demos & Community Events (pp. 217-218). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Institutions have historically struggled with retaining women in engineering. Using epistemic frames as a theoretical framework, we propose that more women would remain in the field if they had authentic engineering experiences. To test this hypothesis, we implemented an epistemic game, Nephrotex. Our controlled study indicated that (1) Nephrotex women developed positive associations and (2) focused on engineering design. Further study is needed to determine if this positive design experience leads to persistence in engineering.
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