oa Mosenodi - An analysis of factors that influence boy's and girls' choices of Design and Technology projects at secondary school level in Botswana

Volume 12, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN : 1021-559X



Increased access to Design and Technology (D&T) by girls at secondary schools in Botswana has failed to address the under-representation of women in engineering fields. These 'would be' women in technology choose to deviate from the technological line of career as they proceed with their education. A research study reported here shows that increasing enrolment of girls in areas mainly believed to be 'masculine' - such as D&T - does not translate into providing equal education opportunities to girls and boys. An analysis of D&T projects for the 2004 Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE), as well as the candidates' responses to a questionnaire, revealed that girls enrolled in D&T complete the secondary school curricula without if having made any significant impact in their perception of D&T as a 'male' domain. As a result, the number of women in engineering diminishes at higher institutions and ultimately in engineering-related careers.

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