Peer pressure: the real reason engineers don't play well with others

Peer pressure: the real reason engineers don’t play well with others

Last week, I wrote about two engineering stereotypes – the thinker and the tinkerer.  When I was attempting to add a bit of data to the fluff, I came across an article in Science Daily about how engineering stereotypes drive counterproductive practices.  In particular, they encourage engineering students to engage in practices that are actually harmful in a career.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t applicable to last week’s piece, but I found it worth discussing nonetheless.  (If you’d like to read the original article, you can find it here.) The premise of the article is that engineering stereotypes are already prevalent in society and that students think about these when interacting with their coursework and classmates.  Specifically, “There’s a stereotype that engineers do things by themselves,” Leonardi says. “So when students are asked to work in teams, they think, am I going to be disadvantaged? When I go to the workplace am […]