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Gender Equity in STEM in Higher Education
International Perspectives on Policy, Institutional Culture, and Individual Choice

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Book Description

This timely volume brings together a range of international scholars to analyse cultural, political, and individual factors which contribute to the continued global issue of female underrepresentation in STEM study and careers.

Offering a comparative approach to examining gender equity in STEM fields across countries including the UK, Germany, the US, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Africa, China, Chile, Kazakhstan, and Australia, the volume provides a thematic breakdown of institutional trends and national policies that have successfully improved gender equity in STEM at institutions of higher education. Offering case studies that demonstrate how policies interact with changing social and cultural norms, and impact women’s choices and experiences in relation to the uptake and continuation of STEM study at the undergraduate level, the volume highlights new directions for research and policy to promote gender equity in STEM at school, university, and career level.

Contributing to the United Nations’ (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this text will benefit researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in science education, higher education, and gender equity in STEM fields. The text will also support further discussion and reflection around multicultural education, educational policy and politics, and the sociology of education more broadly.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Hyun Kyoung Ro, Elizabeth Ramon, and Frank Fernandez

PART I: Demographic Trends and National Initiatives

Chapter 2: A Cross-National Analysis of Women Graduates with Tertiary Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, 1998-2018: Commonalities and Variations

Seungah S. Lee, Christine Min Wotipka, and Francisco O. Ramirez

Chapter 3: The Rise of Women in STEM Higher Education in China: Achievements and Challenges

Liu Lingyu, Shen Wenqin, and Li Chao

Chapter 4: The Higher Education Trajectories of Taiwanese Women in STEM: A Longitudinal Analysis

Yuan Chih Fu, Amelio Salvador Quetzal, and Yueh Luen Hu

Chapter 5: STEM Bachelor’s Degree Attainment among Women of Color in the United States: Using Geographic Analysis for Gender and Racial Equity Research

Hyun Kyoung Ro, Yi Meng, and Qiong Zhu

Chapter 6: A Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Gender Equity in STEM Subjects at Four-Year Universities in England

Hyun Kyoung Ro, Frank Fernandez, and Benjamin Alcott

PART II: Women’s Choice and University Contexts

Chapter 7: Women in STEM in Chilean Higher Education: Social Movements and Institutional Transformations

Jeongeun Kim and Sergio Celis

Chapter 8: Examining Gender (In)Equality in German Engineering: Considering the Importance of Interest, Perceptions, and Choice

Jennifer Dusdal and Frank Fernandez

Chapter 9: Gender Equity in STEM Higher Education in Kazakhstan

Anna CohenMiller, Aray Saniyazova, Anara Sandygulova, and Zhanna Izekenova

Chapter 10: Black African Women in Engineering Higher Education in South Africa: Contending with History, Race and Gender

Yeukai Angela Mlambo

Chapter 11: Approaches for Attracting, Retaining, and Progressing Women in Australian Undergraduate Engineering: Curricular Innovation Focused on Humanitarian and Human-Centered Design Concepts

Andrea M. Goncher and Shara Cameron

Chapter 12: Aspiring and Becoming STEM Teachers in Hong Kong: A Gender Perspective

Hei-hang Hayes Tang, Derek Wai Sun Chun, Iris Chi Yan Leung, and Thomas Siu Ho Yau

Chapter 13: Conclusion: Unique but Transferable Approaches for Pursuing Gender Equity in STEM in Higher Education across the World

Hyun Kyoung Ro, Elizabeth Ramon, and Frank Fernandez

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Hyun Kyoung Ro is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of North Texas, USA.

Frank Fernandez is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Mississippi, USA.

Elizabeth Ramon is a PhD student in Higher Education at the University of North Texas, USA.


"Gender, STEM, and education are mainstays of global economic and development agendas, but finally Ro, Fernandez, and Ramon have created a broadly representative collection of empirical and conceptual work that addresses issues of access at the institutional level alongside accounts of the experiences and choices that individual women make as part of their everyday experiences and inequities as they participate in STEM education and eventually in their professional lives as well. This volume bridges the macro-to-micro gap better than any I’ve seen on this topic."

Alexander W. Wiseman, Professor of Educational Psychology & Leadership, Texas Tech University, USA

"The editors and contributors of this penetrating volume fill a hole in the comparative higher education literature. Readers will appreciate the attention to the worldwide pipeline, to intersectionality, and to policy approaches that may effect greater gender equity in STEM at a global level."

-- David M. Post, Professor of Education at Pennsylvania State University and Past-President of Comparative and International Education Society, USA

"A talented group of emerging scholars have spearheaded a timely contribution to STEM higher education on six continents. It will, undoubtedly, make significant contributions to factors affecting linkages among gender and university enrollments and degree completions. This anthology impressively discusses topics – culture, demographics, geography, and statistics – as variables, contributing to enhanced comprehension of STEM and its impact on higher education among different types of university structures."  

--Beverly Lindsay, Co-Director and Principal Investigator, USA

"Gender Equity in STEM provides a balance and much needed examination of gender and STEM at the global level, and, across ten countries. The balance of statistical analyses of patterns over time, and deeper qualitative examinations of specific dynamics offers readers a nuanced understanding of gender and STEM beyond assumptions about lack of preparation for girls, gender stereotyping, and chilly climates within STEM fields. It is an important book for moving our thinking beyond equality toward understanding and action for equity. The collection of case studies, both quantitative and qualitative, contextualize how gender in STEM fields plays out and what inhibits or enables equitable practices and outcomes."

--Karen Monkman, Professor Emerita of Education Policy, DePaul University, USA