Middle Eastern Women’s Experiences of Collaborative Learning in Engineering in Ireland

Shannon Chance, Technological University Dublin
Bill Williams, Escola Superior de Tecnologia do Barreiro, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, Portugal

Document Type Conference Paper

International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL) in Kos Island, Greece, 2018.


This research project uses grounded theory to analyse interviews conducted with eight women from Oman and Kuwait. Members of the sample group were studying together at an institute of technology in Dublin, Ireland. All participants were practicing Muslims as well as Arabic speakers who had learned English. Interview data were collected from participants beginning in 2014 as part of a larger study of women’s experiences learning engineering in Poland, Portugal, and Ireland. The eight women contributing data for this paper were enrolled on a four-year Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) honours-level degree. They comprise the entire population of Middle Eastern women in this cohort of engineering students. This paper reports patterns in 15 interviews collected in the years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.