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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.504 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Imprimer: 1072-8325
ISSN En ligne: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v13.i2.40
pages 165-174

GENDER ASYMMETRIES ENCOUNTERED IN THE SEARCH AND EXPLORATION OF MINING ENGINEERING PROGRAM WEB SITES: A PORTRAYAL OF POSTURE AND ROLES

James H. Banning
School of Education, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80525-1588
Julie Marie Sexton
Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, University of Northern Colorado, Campus Box 123, Greeley, Colorado 80639, USA
David E. Most
School of Education, Colorado State University, 209 Education Building, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1588, USA
Shelby Maier
Colorado State University

RÉSUMÉ

Photographs found in the search for and exploration of 13 university mining engineering department Web sites were studied for their asymmetries of power by analyzing the role (student, instructor, secretarial staff, miner, and honoree) and posture (sitting, standing) of men and women in the photographs. The Web site photographs showed a higher rate of women occupying student roles than men did. Women had a lower rate of occupying instructor and miner roles. No women were portrayed as being honored. Men exhibited a higher rate of occupying the standing posture than did women. Women were more often shown sitting than men were. Implications of portraying a nonequitable power structure between men and women in the search for and exploration of mining engineering Web sites are discussed, including a recommendation that all academic departments should examine the portrayal of gender on their Web sites.


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