Gender generalization: Female integration into industrial technology and factors contributing to their recruitment and retention
Jessica La'Nell Buck, Mississippi State University, United States
Mississippi State University . Awarded
Educational institutions are increasing their efforts to integrate females into technical programs. Adjustments, such as curriculum and recruitment and retention efforts, are being made to ensure that females feel welcome and a part of the program's standard regimen. Industrial Technology stands at the vanguard of successful paradigms that prepare females in such areas as managerial and technical degree programs. The purpose of this study was to analyze efforts by the two NAIT (National Association of Industrial Technology) accredited Industrial Technology programs in the state of Mississippi, Alcorn State University and Jackson State University, toward recruitment and retention of females. NAIT is the primary organization of Industrial Technology that provides direction and accrediting standards to programs and individuals. It was important to know whether gender generalizations exist within such programs. Also, it was essential to determine whether the learning environment promotes male/female equality. In addition, this study analyzed the efforts made to convey the opportunities (e.g. careers, salaries, advanced studies, and professional appointments) that are available in Industrial Technology regardless of gender. This study identified initiatives that Industrial Technology department chairs, program coordinators, and faculty used to implement more meaningful recruitment and retention practices for female students.
This study was important because it examined efforts to recruit and retain female students in the two NAIT accredited Industrial Technology programs in the state of Mississippi—Alcorn State University and Jackson State University. This study also evaluated factors that influence females to enroll in Industrial Technology programs, and it identified barriers they encounter. The results of this study will assist Industrial Technology policy makers and administrators in designing recruitment efforts that are more appealing and inviting to female students.
The design of the study employed nonexperimental research that investigated recruitment and retention efforts of the two NAIT accredited Industrial Technology programs in the state of Mississippi—Alcorn State University and Jackson State University. There were a total of 29 female students and 12 faculty members from Alcorn State University and a total of 40 female students and 9 faculty members from Jackson State University in both Departments of Industrial Technology who responded to the survey-questionnaire.
Buck, J.L. Gender generalization: Female integration into industrial technology and factors contributing to their recruitment and retention. Ph.D. thesis, Mississippi State University. Retrieved January 17, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/128129/.
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