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Gender equity in commonwealth higher education: an examination of sustainable interventions in selected commonwealth universities

Morley, Louise; Gunawardena, Chandra; Kwesiga, Joy; Lihamba, Amandina; Odejide, Abiola; Shackleton, Lesley; Sorhaindo, Annik

Abstract:
This report explores how gender equity is impeded in higher education institutions in South Africa, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.  It is the first study of its kind as policy and research attention have tended to focus on gender and basic education in low-income countries.  The five case study institutions were selected for their organisational policies and practices for equality, gender mainstreaming, curriculum innovation, affirmative action and programmes to encourage women into higher education.  Three main sources of data was collected namely, statistics and policies; semi-structured interview data and structured non-participant interviews.  It was found that gender has a significant impact on academic and professional identity formation.  The five case studies reveal that a highly gendered environment exist which impede women's progress as staff and has a detrimental effect on the learning environment for students.

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Document Title: Gender equity in commonwealth higher education: an examination of sustainable interventions in selected commonwealth universities
Institution: Department for International Development
City and Country: London, United Kingdom


Date:2006
Document Type:Research Report (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:International
Keywords:Gender Equity, Commonwealth Universities, Policy, Demographic Trends, Access to Higher Education, Good Practice, Curriculum Development, Staff Training


File Size:761 KB
Rights:Permission to use this report was granted by the author and commissioning body.
Date Added:09 June 2008


Morley, Louise; Gunawardena, Chandra; Kwesiga, Joy; Lihamba, Amandina; Odejide, Abiola; Shackleton, Lesley; Sorhaindo, Annik (2006). Gender equity in commonwealth higher education: an examination of sustainable interventions in selected commonwealth universities Commissioned by the Department International Development (DFID)

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