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Pages: 6008-6012
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2016.0431

Conference name: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2016
Location: Valencia, Spain

EXPLORING THE EXPERIENCES OF FEMALE STUDENTS IN ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING PROGRAMMES

The participation of females in the construction industry holds several potentials for the industry. Increased female inclusion in construction can bring about complete utilization of the full range of skills and competences available in the industry. Furthermore, more female participation can rebrand the image of the industry as pluralistic. However, empirical studies reveal that females are underrepresented in the construction industry. This paper reports the experiences of potential construction professionals namely architecture and building female students who would someday decide to remain in the construction industry or seek other career alternatives. The paper presents two different experiences: experience in school and practical work experience during industrial training. The study adopted a qualitative research design where in - depth interviews were conducted for 12 and 18 female students from architecture and building programmes respectively in a university in Nigeria. Data obtained from the interview were tape-recorded, transcribed and then analyzed with the use of the NVivo software. Building students described the course as initially complex but simple and interesting once the basic concepts were understood. Architecture students describe architecture as stressful yet interesting. 83% of the Building students interviewed indicated interest in the course and have the desire to practice building on graduation. However, only 37% of architecture students interviewed desire to practice architecture after school. Male domination was a common experience for most of the interviewees. While only 3 interviewees raised issues concerning sexual harassment during industrial training. Suggestions were made on how to increase participation of females in the construction industry which includes: the creation of a vibrant association of women in construction who would serve as role models, counselors and inspiration to female students, incentives such as scholarship for undergraduate and post graduate programmes in construction related courses should be provided to motivate female students, strict policies safe guarding women against sexual harassment and enlightenment of male colleagues on the potentials of female construction professionals to national development.
@InProceedings{TUNJIOLAYENI2016EXP,
author = {Tunji-Olayeni, P. and Amusan, L. and Omuh, I. and Ojelabi, R. and Afolabi, A.},
title = {EXPLORING THE EXPERIENCES OF FEMALE STUDENTS IN ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING PROGRAMMES},
series = {10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2016 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-608-5617-7},
issn = {2340-1079},
doi = {10.21125/inted.2016.0431},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/inted.2016.0431},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {7-9 March, 2016},
year = {2016},
pages = {6008-6012}}
TY - CONF
AU - P. Tunji-Olayeni AU - L. Amusan AU - I. Omuh AU - R. Ojelabi AU - A. Afolabi
TI - EXPLORING THE EXPERIENCES OF FEMALE STUDENTS IN ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING PROGRAMMES
SN - 978-84-608-5617-7/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2016.0431
PY - 2016
Y1 - 7-9 March, 2016
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2016 Proceedings
SP - 6008
EP - 6012
ER -
P. Tunji-Olayeni, L. Amusan, I. Omuh, R. Ojelabi, A. Afolabi (2016) EXPLORING THE EXPERIENCES OF FEMALE STUDENTS IN ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING PROGRAMMES, INTED2016 Proceedings, pp. 6008-6012.
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