Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2006

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Rebecca E. Burnett

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-14291

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Sarah Michelle Brown

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1439928

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

299 pages

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