Date of Award
Master of Arts
Rebecca E. Burnett
Communication Practices of Women in Undergraduate Engineering Classes explores ways in which women and men communicate in undergraduate engineering classes and ways to better attract and retain women in engineering programs. The data, gathered over three semesters, include classroom observations, surveys, and interviews. Seven classes were analyzed: four in engineering, two in history, and one in food science. This thesis brings together three articles written for various academic audiences: engineering education, leadership, and women's studies. The individual articles focused on (1) class participation, leadership, and negative behavior in undergraduate engineering classes, (2) leadership styles of women and men, and (3) women's voice and community in engineering, science, and liberal arts classes. Each article explores critical issues related to gender and offers suggestions to increase participation, leadership, community, and effective communication in engineering classes.
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Sarah Michelle Brown
Brown, Sarah Michelle, "Communication practices of women in undergraduate engineering classes " (2006). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 896.
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