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Presenting Choices: Female Engineering Students' Self-presentation on a College Campus

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This study of female engineering students attending a prominent technical college in an urban center in the southeastern United States aims to determine how these students make choices about their self-presentation and how such choices affect their interactions with professors and peers. Within this study, a grounded theory style of analysis is used to address the following specific questions: How do students make decisions about how to present themselves? How are such decisions related to their actions and behaviors? and How do such decisions intersect with their gender identity? The findings from 10 semi-structured in-depth interviews reveal the varied ways female engineering students perceive and use self-presentation as a means of navigating their way in a male-dominated environment. These choices affect and are affected by students’ sense of identity, self-efficacy, and self-esteem, all of which are determined within social institutions via interactions with others that are fundamentally shaped by gender. Furthermore, all of these aspects of self-concept are shown to have implications regarding the motivation of female students to remain in or leave male-dominated engineering programs.

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Pearson, A.. "Presenting Choices: Female Engineering Students' Self-presentation on a College Campus" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Hilton San Francisco & Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA,, Aug 14, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p108533_index.html>

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Pearson, A. F. , 2004-08-14 "Presenting Choices: Female Engineering Students' Self-presentation on a College Campus" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Hilton San Francisco & Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco, CA, Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p108533_index.html

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Abstract: This study of female engineering students attending a prominent technical college in an urban center in the southeastern United States aims to determine how these students make choices about their self-presentation and how such choices affect their interactions with professors and peers. Within this study, a grounded theory style of analysis is used to address the following specific questions: How do students make decisions about how to present themselves? How are such decisions related to their actions and behaviors? and How do such decisions intersect with their gender identity? The findings from 10 semi-structured in-depth interviews reveal the varied ways female engineering students perceive and use self-presentation as a means of navigating their way in a male-dominated environment. These choices affect and are affected by students’ sense of identity, self-efficacy, and self-esteem, all of which are determined within social institutions via interactions with others that are fundamentally shaped by gender. Furthermore, all of these aspects of self-concept are shown to have implications regarding the motivation of female students to remain in or leave male-dominated engineering programs.

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Presenting Choices 1 Presenting Choices: Female Engineering Students’ Self-presentation on a College Campus Submitted by A. Fiona Pearson Georgia State University Although an unprecedented number of females are now choosing careers in the life and social sciences the number of females enrolling in engineering programs has remained persistently low (Hanson 1996; Kahle 1982 1996; NSF 1994 2000; Seymour & Hewitt 1997). In the United States females constitute approximately 46 percent of the paid labor force yet only nine percent
Presenting Choices 16 West C. & Fenstermaker S. (1995). Doing difference. Gender and Society 9: 8-37 in Doing gender doing difference: Inequality power and institutional change. Editors Sarah Fenstermaker and Candace West pp.55-79. West C. & Zimmerman D. (1987). Doing Gender. Gender & Society 1 125-151. In S. Fenstermaker & C. West Doing gender doing difference: Inequality power and institutional change (pp.3-23). New York: Routledge. Wulf W. A. (1999). Testimony from the July 20 1999 public hearing of the


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