Gender in engineering courses: legal and social issues
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In this paper we present information which individual faculty may use in considering possible gender issues in their courses. We have developed a workshop for faculty which offers an opportunity for important dialogue about the issues and how best to address them. This workshop was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (Award HRD-9453680) and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station. To begin a useful dialogue, we define terms and discuss current legal and social issues, so that faculty may become more aware of the actual environment in which they must operate today. Finally, several cases which raise gender issues for a typical engineering faculty are presented. This paper cannot present solutions for all situations and all faculty. However, we hope it will begin a process that insures all students a more effective learning environment, and all faculty a more comfortable professional environment in which to work.
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Paetzold, R., Watson, K., Matthews, P., & Rinehart, J.