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Perceptions of engineering from female secondary college students in regional Victoria
conference contributionposted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by L Darby, S Hall, K Dowling, B Kentish
Survey and focus group interviews with female students in regional Victoria resulted in identification of four perceived barriers that influence them to exclude engineering as a career choice. These barriers were identified as a lack of interest in the perceived image, a lack of knowledge, a traditionally maledominated industry, and limited recognisable role models. This paper reports on what Year 10 females are saying about the barriers and, consequently, how engineering can be promoted to overcome these barriers.