Swimming against the tide in STEM education and gender equality: a problem of recruitment or retention in Malaysia

Goy, Siew Ching and Wong, Yut Lin and Low, Wah Yun and Noor, Siti Nurani Mohd and Fazli-Khalaf, Zahra and Onyeneho, Nkechi and Daniel, Esther Gnanamalar Sarojini and Azizan, Suzana Ariff and Hasbullah, Maisarah and Uzoigwe, Anthonia Ginika (2018) Swimming against the tide in STEM education and gender equality: a problem of recruitment or retention in Malaysia. Studies in Higher Education, 43 (11). pp. 1793-1809. ISSN 0307-5079, DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2016.1277383.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2016.1277383


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is acknowledged as one of the key drivers of technological innovation. Malaysian women join the educational pipeline as equals to their male counterparts. Nevertheless, women are persistently under-represented in technology and engineering, but over-represented in other STEM fields. Using data provided by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, our results suggest that under-representation of women in engineering was attributed to low recruitment at the point of entry. Such a finding thus begs the question as to why women were not recruited into engineering. Malaysian policymakers and educators need to address under-representation of women in order to achieve gender equality in STEM, as part of the goals of Millennium Development and Vision 2020; to become a nation that is competent, confident and innovative in harnessing and advancing science and technology.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: [grant number RP026-2012/D]
Uncontrolled Keywords: STEM; gender gap; education; representation; retention
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Science > Department of Science and Technology Studies
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2019 09:06
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 09:06
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/22000

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