ERIC Number: ED204441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Asian-American Women in Educational Research.
The under-representation of Asian American women in educational research and development is related to both sociocultural and historical barriers. Some of these barriers (racial and sexual discrimination, lack of role models, and lack of professional contacts) are shared by women of all ethnic minorities. There are also, however, unique barriers faced by Asian American women, including: the low status of women in Asian culture; linguistic and cultural barriers; and the myth of Asian American success, which has clouded a perception of Asian women's problems and has provided justification for their exploitation. The limited data available attest to the fact that, despite having higher educational levels than whites, Asian Americans are underemployed in terms of occupational and income level. Asians of both sexes are especially under-represented in psychology and the social sciences, including educational research, but women are even more underemployed and under-represented than men. Participation in educational research is essential because the field affects policies that have important implications for the lives of Asian Americans. Steps that need to be taken to increase Asian American women's participation in educational research include: Federal support of information collection regarding Asian Americans; identification of successful Asian American role models; the establishment of networks among women researchers; and an increased focus on developing language and qualitative skills among Asian Americans. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for the symposium on "Minority Women Researchers" at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).