Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar, c2007.
xvii, 379 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Preface PART I: WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN STEM: THE BIG PICTURE 1. Women and Minorities in STEM: A Primer Ronald J. Burke 2. Keys to Success for Women in Science Donna J. Dean and Anne Fleckenstein PART II: EXPERIENCES OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN STEM 3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Women Engineering Students' Experiences of UK Higher Education Abigail Powell, Barbara Bagihole and Andrew Dainty 4. Myths and Realities in the IT Work Place: Gender Differences and Similarities in Climate Perceptions Debra A. Major, Donald D. Davis, Janice Sanchez-Hucles, Heather J. Downey and Lisa M. Gemano 5. Voices of the Future: African-American PhD Candidates in the Sciences Daryl E. Chubin 6. Women in the Land of Milk, Honey and Hi-technology: The Israeli Case Ronit Kark 7. An Empirical Test of the Glass Ceiling Effect for Asian Americans in Science and Engineering Tina T. Chen and James L. Farr PART III: BUILDING INTEREST AND COMMITMENT TO STEM 8. Women in Mathematics: Examining the Hidden Barriers that Gender Stereotypes Can Impose Jennifer R. Steele, Leah Reisz, Amanda Williams and Kerry Kawakami 9. Attracting the Engineers of 2020 Today Susan Staffin Metz 10. Developing Career Commitment in STEM-related Fields: Myths versus Reality Helen M. Madill, Rachel G. Campbell, Dallas M. Cullen, Margaret-Ann Armour, Albert Einsiedel, Anna-Lisa Ciccocioppo, Jody Sherman, Leonard L. Stewin, Stanley Varnhagen, T. Craig Montgomerie, Cynthia J. Rothwell and Wendy L. Coffin PART IV: ENRICHING THE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE 11. Achieving Greater Diversity through Curricular Change Ilene J. Bushe-Vishniac and Jeffrey P. Jarosz 12. Undergraduate Student Support Programs Bevlee Watford PART V: IMPROVING THE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 13. The Representation and Experiences of Women Faculty in STEM Fields Xiang fen Liang and Diana Bilimoria 14. Upstream and Downstram in the Engineering Pipeline: What's Blocking US Women from Pursuing Engineering Careers? Mary C. Mattis.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
This fascinating work indicates that some developed countries face a looming shortage of skilled workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Scientific and technological advances and innovations are critical to the economic performance of developed countries and the standard of living of their citizens. The contributors discuss the nature and size of the problem and show why increasing the number of women and minorities in STEM industries is vital. They provide reasons for the relatively few women and minorities currently interested in or working in STEM, and consider issues 'upstream' in the schooling and preparation of women and minorities and 'downstream' in their work experiences and career challenges. Finally, concrete examples of successful actions to increase the numbers of women and minorities in STEM are presented. (source: Nielsen Book Data)