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Title: A Debate on Encouraging Women in Science & Engineering PDF
Url: http://www.mun.ca/cwse/Williams,Mary.pdf
Creator: William, F. Mary
Publisher: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Description: Among students, teachers, and practitioners of science and engineering in Canada, women are often in the minority. Approximately 22% of undergraduate students and about 5% of faculty in Engineering are women. In Biology, approximately 60% of the undergraduates are women, but faculty, at 25%, revert to the minority pattern. Trend data indicate that with no outside interventions, these ratios are fairly persistent. interventions, that is, programs which promote the participation of women or other minorities, have been criticized by some for diluting the quality of science delivered by the intervention group. These 'meritocrats' argue that merit suffers when access and equality increase. This talk presents a counter-argument. It shows that by using a narrow definition of what constitutes scientific knowledge, the 'meritocritics' have missed the reality, and the potential, of modern science. From both the academic and the social points of view, quality of science is enhanced by a diversity of thinking styles. The conclusion is that by preserving the status quo, we miss substantial opportunities for advancement of science and engineering in Canada.

Target Audience: 2-4 Year College Faculty/Administrators
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Women -- Special topics, A-Z -- Women engineers
Science -- Science (General) -- Study and teaching
Science -- Science (General) -- Women in science. Women scientists
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Science -- Instructional issues
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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