Barriers to Participation in Engineering: a report for the Engineering for Australia Taskforce
In January, the Engineering for Australia Taskforce, in collaboration with the Australian Government's Women in STEM Ambassador, released their report, 'Barriers to Participation in Engineering and the Value of Interventions to Improve Diversity'.
The report was prepared by Education Futures director, Professor Deborah Corrigan, and research fellow Dr Kathleen Aikens. The report examined 115 international peer-reviewed research articles to explore the factors which affect girls' participation in STEM and engineering. Professor Corrigan noted "There is widespread, cross-national evidence that girls experience lower levels of confidence and higher levels of anxiety with respect to STEM subjects. We have to first focus on wider STEM interventions as a start, while raising the profile of engineering, which is silent within the school curriculum."
For a summary of recommendations, see our article Fix, build, solve: Engaging girls with careers in engineering.