Swimming against the tide in STEM education and gender equality: a problem of recruitment or retention in Malaysia

Siew, Ching Goy and Yut, Lin Wong and Wah, Yun Low and Siti Nurani, Mohd Noor and Zahra, Fazli Khalaf and Nkechi, Onyeneho and Esther, Daniel and Suzana, Ariff Azizan and Maisarah, Hasbullah and GinikaUzoigwe, Anthonia (2017) Swimming against the tide in STEM education and gender equality: a problem of recruitment or retention in Malaysia. Studies in Higher Education, 2017. ISSN 0307–5079

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Abstract

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is acknowledged as one of the key drivers of technological innovation. Malaysian women join the educational pipeline as equals to their male counterparts. Nevertheless, women are persistently under-represented in technology and engineering, but over-represented in other STEM fields. Using data provided by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, our results suggest that under-representation of women in engineering was attributed to low recruitment at the point of entry. Such a finding thus begs the question as to why women were not recruited into engineering. Malaysian policymakers and educators need to address under-representation of women in order to achieve gender equality in STEM, as part of the goals of Millennium Development and Vision 2020; to become a nation that is competent, confident and innovative in harnessing and advancing science and technology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: STEM, gender gap, representation, retention, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 08:25
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 10:39
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/15618

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