Perception of female engineering students on engineering course and profession: a case of Public Colleges in Nairobi, Kenya


Authors : Okemwa K. Stella; Kitainge K. M; Kerre B.

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 7 - July

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6982252

Abstract : Although rapid development of engineering sector is witnessed where the need for engineering professional grows, the participation of women in this profession is not convincing. Therefore, the present study aimed at determining the perception of female engineering students on engineering course and profession. The study adopted descriptive research design with the target population comprising of all female engineering students pursuing diploma in middle level public TVET institutions in Nairobi and its environs based on census technique. Self-administered Questionnaires with open and close ended questions were distributed among the respondents. The obtained data was subjected to descriptive statistics. In general finding reported that female engineering students had a positive perception towards engineering as a profession and as a field of study. However, a few negative perceptions were recorded. On the basis of the above findings, the study concluded that women students generally have a positive attitude towards engineering. Therefore, the relevant bodies should enhance positive image of the engineers and engineering profession to boost positive perception among females.

Keywords : Females in engineering; Perception of Engineering; Engineering course and profession.

Although rapid development of engineering sector is witnessed where the need for engineering professional grows, the participation of women in this profession is not convincing. Therefore, the present study aimed at determining the perception of female engineering students on engineering course and profession. The study adopted descriptive research design with the target population comprising of all female engineering students pursuing diploma in middle level public TVET institutions in Nairobi and its environs based on census technique. Self-administered Questionnaires with open and close ended questions were distributed among the respondents. The obtained data was subjected to descriptive statistics. In general finding reported that female engineering students had a positive perception towards engineering as a profession and as a field of study. However, a few negative perceptions were recorded. On the basis of the above findings, the study concluded that women students generally have a positive attitude towards engineering. Therefore, the relevant bodies should enhance positive image of the engineers and engineering profession to boost positive perception among females.

Keywords : Females in engineering; Perception of Engineering; Engineering course and profession.

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