„Women’s potential for the technological industry. Choice of educational path, expectations, aspirations and market reality” is a wide-scope research programme by the Perspektywy Educational Foundation and SIEMENS.
Its objective is a complex analysis of conditions relating to the choice of educational path by women, their aspirations and expectations in this area, as well as realisation of these aspirations on the global market. On this basis a List of Recommendations will be created concerning support of development of women’s careers in the technological industry – starting from school, to higher education and the job market. The recommendations will be intended for the public policy, business and non-government organisations.
This complex study is intended to let us see the issue from several key perspectives. The scope of the approach will be reflected mainly in division into four basic levels and groups: high-school students (group: 1000), high-school graduates (group: 500), university students (group: 150) and selected innovative technological industries. There will be four separate studies done, differing in range and methodology, which together will form a coherent picture of the processes related to increasing activity of women in the technological industry and the conditions related to it.
A look from these four perspectives will allow capturing as fully as possible the phenomena related to selection of the engineering educational path by women and the consequences of that choice, both personal and systemic. The study will be done country-wide.
On this basis a diagnosis will be formulated, enabling design of mechanisms that would facilitate activation and dynamisation of women’s potential for the technological industry.