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This NSF-funded research program is intended to address the general question, “Do men adopt more technical roles than women in engineering group project presentations? And, if so, what are the implications for teaching and learning?” The goal of the study is to rigorously document the observation that women engage in less active participation than men in first year student group project presentations, and begin to explore the antecedents of this pattern of behavior. To address this goal, videotapes of engineering group project presentations were evaluated to establish reliable documentation of stereotypic gender role adoption, defined as behavioral patterns reflecting the gender stereotypes of men as “experts” and women as “supporters”.

  • Poster presented at ASEE 2011.
  • Paper presented at ASEE 2013 - received Best Paper Award from Women in Engineering Division.



  • Lorelle Meadows

    Lorelle Meadows / Principal Investigator

    Dean, Pavlis Honors College - Michigan Technological University
    In collaboration with Dr. Denise Sekaquaptewa of the University of Michigan, Department of Psychology, I developed a this research program to explore the gendered roles that men and women adopt in engineering group work and to begin to identify strategies to remedy the lack of equity in the distribution of technical roles on teams. The most important outcome of this research thus far is the finding that the interactions that cause such gendered behaviors are subtle, but significantly important.


Engineering, Social Sciences

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