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Title: Work in Progress: Do Women Score Lower Than Men on Computer Engineering Exams?
Author(s): Liao, I-Ju
Contributor(s): Loui, Michael C.
Subject(s): Women in engineering exam performance self-theories
Abstract: Women have long been underrepresented in undergraduate engineering programs. Women may drop out of engineering programs when they become discouraged by low exam scores. In this project, we examine whether women earn lower exam scores than men and whether Dweck's model of self-theories explains the difference. Dweck proposed two categories for individuals beliefs about intelligence: incremental theories and entity theories. Dweck found that women are more likely to be entity theorists than men. In our study, we found that the difference between exam averages between women and men, and between entity and incremental theorists were not statistically significant.
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: IEEE
Citation Info: I. Liao and M. C. Loui, "Do women score lower than men on computer engineering exams?" Proceedings of the Thirty-Fifth ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Indianapolis, Ind., October 19-22, 2005, pp. T3D-7 to T3D-8.
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2005.1611932
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Rights Information: (c) 2005 IEEE
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-07-02

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