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Title: Gender, institutional structure and learning in an engineering college
Authors: Garrison, Lari
Stevens, Reed
Jocuns, Andrew
Issue Date: Jun-2008
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Citation: Garrison, L., Stevens, R., & Jocuns, A. (2008). Gender, institutional structure and learning in an engineering college. In Kanselaar, G., Jonker, V., Kirschner, P. A., & Prins, F. J. (Eds.), International Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a learning world. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference for the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2008, Volume 1 (pp. 265-272). Utrecht, The Netherlands: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper examines the implications of a college of engineering's institutional structure for men and women engineering students. The data for this paper is drawn from a large "person-centered ethnography" (Hollan & Wellenkamp, 1993), taking place at "Large Public University (LPU)" a flagship state university in the Pacific Northwest. We argue that the timing of admission, and students' beliefs about the process provide a lens through which women and men see their engineering peers both in school and beyond. These beliefs are not static, however and change over time, providing hope for an engineering field in which gender is not foregrounded, but rather one's capability of doing engineering work is.
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