Engineering, as defined by Stark (2008), is the application of knowledge in mathematics and natural sciences gained by study to use the materials and forces of nature efficiently. Engineers are necessary for nations’ economies, and for the design, development and maintenance of infrastructure and technology to sustainably satisfy communities’ needs and lifestyles (Bush, Chapman & Male, 2009). Over the years, the profession has been dominated heavily by men. Although efforts had been done to increase the population of women on engineering, women still represents only a fraction in the workplace. (UN, 2010)
This could be attributed to the common misconceptions about engineering. Most people have insufficient knowledge on what kind of work engineers really do. The perception of engineering as a male profession has also influenced most women to prefer other programs than engineering. Competencies required in engineering have also affected the preference of women on taking up such programs.
The purpose of this study is to identify the factors affecting the female students’ decisions on pursuing engineering programs. This in turn would be analyzed in order to contribute to the existing literature that could be used to address the issue of having low female students enrolling on any of engineering programs at De La Salle Lipa.
By the end of the study, the researchers assume that they would be able to identify and analyze the factors affecting the decisions of female students in choosing engineering programs.
The study aims to seek answers on several questions identified by the researchers. The first one is how women perceive the engineering programs before pursuing them. The second question identified is what reasons the respondents have on choosing engineering programs. The last question identified is what benefits the respondents attain on choosing engineering programs.
This study was conducted to contribute to the existing literature concerning on factors affecting the decision of women on choosing engineering programs. By providing answers to the research questions identified by the researchers, the study could provide solutions on how address the existing problem concerning the low number of female enrollees on engineering programs. The study could also benefit the society once the number of female engineers in the workplace increases through their ideas that would improve today’s technology. The study could also be used as reference for similar studies in the future.
The study covers the perceptions of women on engineering programs as well as their reasons on choosing such programs. The study also includes the ideas of women regarding the benefits on choosing engineering programs. However, the respondents of this study are limited due to lack of time on conducting the study. Thus, the results of this study might not be enough to make generalizations that could be applied to all women enrolled in engineering programs.
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