Retention requires an understanding of a complex set of influences, a theoretical perspective and a choice of interventions. This page is under construction, and will be developing content and resources under each of these sections.
To begin, I would like to share with you a story, written in 2004 by a Doctoral Candidate at UBC, at my request. Once I heard her describing the experiences that follow, knowing her unique narrative style, I knew that the story needed to be told and available more widely.
What she ultimately wrote combines and addresses so many of the elements women face in their retention processes in technical occupations. The way that she tells the tale makes clear the emotional and intellectual challenges, making this accessible to men as well as to women.
I would welcome feedback on your responses to that story and all others you find on these pages.
The following Powerpoint presentation is the introduction to my research and findings that I use prior to showing the DVD of the play, Men & Women and Tools. It sets the stage and calls the audience to attention. Reflections on Male Resistance to Women in Trades and Technology
(This link will take you to a PowerPoint slide show. It takes some time to load. Click the goblet-like icon in the lower left side of the screen and hit enter to move through the slides til you reach the themes. Place your cursor in the middle of an image and click. Sometimes the movies don't load. Try any of the other links on this page. Most of them have links to clips of the play.)
Next, on these retention pages, you will find a link to a presentation on Performative Autoethnography, the methodology I utilized for my PhD dissertation at UBC. Included in this powerpoint presentation are clips from the DVD of the play, Men & Women and Tools.
(These links will take you to a PowerPoint slide show. It takes some time to load. As a Microsoft program, it loads automatically in Explorer. For other Browsers: Click the goblet-like icon in the lower left side of the screen to start the slide show, and hit enter to move through the slides til you reach the Themes. Place your cursor in the middle of the image and click, and the movie will play.)
The DVD of the play traveled through British Columbia, the Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories during the winter and spring of 2005/06 to union halls and technical schools. For information, email below. Reflections on that journey were presented at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education Conference in 2007.
Dr. Marcia Braundy
Updated 4 September 2009
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