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Gender in higher education: a critical review

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dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Pat
dc.contributor.author Carvalho, Teresa
dc.contributor.author Vabo, Agnete
dc.contributor.author Cardoso, Sónia
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-18T15:24:28Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-18T15:24:28Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-137-45616-8
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6853
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This chapter is concerned with describing and critically evaluating the literature on the existence of and explanations for gender imbalances in higher education (HE) focusing particularly on girls’ increasing access to HE and women’s limited access to senior positions there. These topics reflect a fundamental paradox in HE across Western society, namely that that is despite increases in women’s participation at undergraduate and post-graduate levels (UNESCO, 2012) their access to senior positions remains limited (EU, 2013). It cannot simply be assumed that the latter will automatically increase, since the growth of girls’ access to HE is not a recent phenomenon. Women, especially in Western Europe and North America, started to catch up with men in terms of enrolments in the 1970s and had surpassed them by the early 1980s, with the rate of women’s enrolments growing almost twice as fast as men’s rate (UNESCO, 2012). This raises fundamental problems for Western societies since educational achievements have been seen as a meritocratic basis for accessing senior positions in HE. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Palgrave MacMillan en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance, J. Huisman, H De Boer, DD Dill, M. Souto-Otero (Eds.).;pp. 569-584
dc.relation.uri https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137456168
dc.rights This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive version of this piece may be found in International Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance, J. Huisman, H De Boer, DD Dill, M. Souto-Otero(Eds.). pp. 569-584, https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137456168 en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject higher education en_US
dc.subject imbalances en_US
dc.title Gender in higher education: a critical review en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/bookPart en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2018-05-18T15:13:57Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2723513
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle International Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance
dc.description.status peer reviewed


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