Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Upping the Numbers

Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Upping the Numbers

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Overview

Advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are key factors in contributing to future economic performance, higher living standards and improved quality of life. As dominant white males near retirement and immigration slows, developed countries face a serious skill shortage in critical STEM disciplines. This fascinating book examines why the numbers of women and minorities in STEM are low, outlines the potential consequences of this and prescribes much needed solutions to the problem.


The contributors illustrate how women and minorities are subtly and actively discouraged from entering STEM educational programs and occupations, and how once there, face conditions that limit their ability to fully participate should they choose to. Solutions to this complex problem of wasted human talent are prescribed at several levels, beginning with the family and rising up through the educational system to organizational employers and through government-level initiatives.


This highly original book will prove a stimulating read for both academics and practitioners interested in gender issues, workforce diversity, management and, of course, in STEM professions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845428884
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 09/07/2007
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Edited by the late Ronald J. Burke, formerly Professor Emeritus, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada and Mary C. Mattis, Senior Evaluation and Research Officer, The Wallace Foundation, New York, US

Table of Contents

Contents:


Preface


PART I: WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN STEM: THE BIG PICTURE

1. Women and Minorities in STEM: A Primer

Ronald J. Burke


2. Keys to Success for Women in Science

Donna J. Dean and Anne Fleckenstein


PART II: EXPERIENCES OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN STEM

3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Women Engineering Students’ Experiences of UK Higher Education

Abigail Powell, Barbara Bagilhole and Andrew Dainty


4. Myths and Realities in the IT Workplace: Gender Differences and Similarities in Climate Perceptions

Debra A. Major, Donald D. Davis, Janis Sanchez-Hucles, Heather J. Downey and Lisa M. Germano


5. Voices of the Future: African-American PhD Candidates in the Sciences

Daryl E. Chubin


6. Women in the Land of Milk, Honey and High Technology: The Israeli Case

Ronit Kark


7. An Empirical Test of the Glass Ceiling Effect for Asian Americans in Science and Engineering

Tina T. Chen and James L. Farr


PART III: BUILDING INTEREST AND COMMITMENT TO STEM

8. Women in Mathematics: Examining the Hidden Barriers that Gender Stereotypes Can Impose

Jennifer R. Steele, Leah Reisz, Amanda Williams and Kerry Kawakami


9. Attracting the Engineers of 2020 Today

Susan Staffin Metz


10. Developing Career Commitment in STEM-related Fields: Myths versus Reality

Helen M. Madill, Rachel G. Campbell, Dallas M. Cullen, Margaret-Ann Armour, Albert A. Einsiedel, Anna-Lisa Ciccocioppo, Jody Sherman, Leonard L. Stewin, Stanley Varnhagen, T. Craig Montgomerie, Cynthia J. Rothwell and Wendy L. Coffin


PART IV: ENRICHING THE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

11. Achieving Greater Diversity through Curricular Change

Ilene J. Busch-Vishniac and Jeffrey P. Jarosz


12. Undergraduate Student Support Programs

Bevlee A. Watford


PART V: IMPROVING THE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

13. The Representation and Experience of Women Faculty in STEM Fields

Xiangfen Liang and Diana Bilimoria


14. Upstream and Downstram in the Engineering Pipeline: What’s Blocking US Women from Pursuing Engineering Careers?

Mary C. Mattis


Index

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