The Borderlands of Education

The Borderlands of Education : Latinas in Engineering

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Why are there so few Latina engineers and what is the potential for change given demographic shifts of the Latino population? This interdisciplinary, mixed-methods approach offers a new paradigm for examining the crisis of Latinas in engineering (a field that remains 82% male), illuminating the nuanced and multiple exclusionary forces that shape the culture of engineering and its borderlands.show more

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  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures, graphs
  • 0739175580
  • 9780739175583

About Susan M. Lord

Michelle Madsen Camacho is professor and chair of the Sociology Department, University of San Diego. Her most recent research on STEM education and Latinos has appeared in Latino Studies, the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education (a SAGE Publication), the Journal of Engineering Education, and the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. She and her colleagues received the William Elgin Wickenden Award for the best paper in the Journal of Engineering Education in 2011. Susan M. Lord is professor and coordinator of electrical engineering, University of San Diego. Dr. Lord's leadership positions in engineering education include serving as president of the IEEE Education Society for 2009-2010, associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education, general co-chair of the 2006 Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, and on the national administrative board of the ASEE Education and Research Methods (ERM) Division. She and her colleagues received the William Elgin Wickenden Award for the best paper in the Journal of Engineering Education in 2011 and the best paper award for the IEEE Transactions on Education in 2011.show more

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The Borderlands of Education: Latinas in Engineering provides a remarkable perspective of one particular group of students and how they have fared in engineering education. Utilizing an longitudinal database of student records from a number of large institutions, Camacho and Lord have employed an interdisciplinary, mixed-methods approach to create a rich description of the engineering educational pathways chosen by Latina students that can inform those who are invested in their success. -- B.A. Watford, Virginia Tech After decades of engineering educators talking about women and minorities in engineering as two separate entities, Camacho and Lord offer the first book of its kind considering the experiences of Latina engineers. Bringing the best ideas from feminist theory and social theory to bear on engineering education, this groundbreaking work examines the experiences of Latina engineering students and calls out structural racism and sexism in engineering education. A must-read for anyone concerned about diversity in engineering, Camacho and Lord's focus on the experiences of Latina engineers brings a nuanced perspective on gender, race, and cultural identities, and a sharp sociological analysis of engineering education that will challenge your assumptions about women and minorities in engineering. -- Donna Riley, Smith College The Borderlands of Education: Latinas in Engineering is a highly accessible depiction of the gendered and racial social organization and hierarchies that endure in engineering education. In their examination of the situation for a specific, important and growing population group - Latinas, Camacho and Lord bring into the open the structural privileges of the majority. Since the cultures of engineering education cannot be expected to change until they have been sufficiently problematized, this report will help open the doors to the systemic reforms needed to develop a culture of inclusion in the education and profession for this critical discipline. This book should be high on the must-read list for engineering educators at all levels, from first-year faculty to deans. -- Susan E. Walden, the University of Oklahomashow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Acronym List Chapter 1: The Borderlands of Education Chapter 2: A Culture of Exclusion: Race, Gender, and Engineering Education Chapter 3: Debunking the Myths: Trajectories of Latinas in Engineering Chapter 4: Voices of Latinas in Engineering Chapter 5: Crossing Borders: Opportunities and Challenges Chapter 6: Conclusions References About the Authors Indexshow more

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