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Preliminary findings of a phenomenological study of Middle Eastern women's experiences studying engineering in Ireland

Chance, SM; Williams, W; (2018) Preliminary findings of a phenomenological study of Middle Eastern women's experiences studying engineering in Ireland. In: 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. (pp. p. 23155). American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Green open access

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Abstract

This phenomenological study investigates the experiences of eight women from Kuwait and Oman who, in 2014, started a four-year Bachelor of Engineering program together at a large public institution of higher education in Ireland. Of the eight, seven were still enrolled in 2018 and were in their fourth year studying at the university-level. Although one participant had returned to her home country to complete a degree in teaching English, the seven others were on-track to earn degrees in engineering. Over the course of four years we have conducted 20 interviews with these eight students. In this paper we report results and findings related to the first 13 of these interviews, conducted first- through third-year. As education researchers, we aim to understand the essence of the experience these women have had studying engineering. We want to understand what it is like to study engineering in Ireland as female from the Middle East. What aspects of the experience are shared across all the Middle Eastern women in the course? What specific challenges, barriers, sources of inspiration and support do these women experience? Which behaviors of friends, teammates, and teachers help these students in learning, and which hinder them?

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Preliminary findings of a phenomenological study of Middle Eastern women's experiences studying engineering in Ireland
Event: 125th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, 24-27 June 2018, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Dates: 24 June 2018 - 27 June 2018
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/106/papers...
Language: English
Additional information: This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Arabic, Middle Eastern, women, gender, engineering education research, PBL, collaborative learning, Peer Learning, support
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10059260
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