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Gender and technology education

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Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Technology Education
PublisherSpringer
ChapterSocial and ethical issues
Pages875-888
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-44686-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Abstract

Technology-oriented fields are still mostly male dominated. Increasing the number of women in natural science and technology careers remains an elusive goal in EU countries. Although gender equality and non-discrimination have been critical long-time concerns in education, gender-related divisions continue to occur in the field technology and the subjects that pupils decide to study. Also, significant variations between girls’ and boys’ interest and behavior have been documented in technology education. In today’s society, technology education plays an important role in providing children with opportunities and in improving their ability to interact with everyday technologies. Technology education also equips children with the necessary knowledge to perform a wide variety of jobs. In order to introduce a more equitable gender balance in higher education, technology-oriented fields, and, consequently, in the corresponding labor market, we must continue to expand our knowledge on the impact of current technology education and focus on gender-related issues. This article aims to discuss gender-related topics in technology education and careers. Could technology education have an impact on women and girls or potentially influence their advancement in technology-oriented fields? With the goal of achieving greater gender equality in technology fields, this chapter concludes with further directions for research and suggestions for new ways of thinking.

Keywords

  • Gender, Technology education, Interest, Career aspiration

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