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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.468 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Imprimir: 1072-8325
ISSN On-line: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v2.i1-2.20
pages 17-32

OVERCOMING THE BARRIERS: TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION AS A CAREER CHOICE FOR WOMEN

Jim Flowers
Occupational and Technical Studies, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0498

RESUMO

Technology Education has now replaced Industrial Arts in middle school and high school, yet few women are becoming technology teachers. An international survey uncovered barriers to women in technology education and strategies to overcome those barriers. Major obstacles in becoming a technology teacher included: little exposure to or awareness of technology education, stereotypes, and attitudes of males and guidance counselors. Suggestions were made to change the curriculum and facility, to alter sexist attitudes, to increase promotion and recruitment and to provide additional support and recognition.