ERIC Number: ED403406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Constraints on the Participation of Women in Technical Cooperation Training Due to Lack of English Language Skills.
Threlfall, Monica; Langley, Gail
A study examined the impact of limited English competence on participation of foreign female students in technical cooperation training (TCT). Questionnaires were sent to British Council offices and embassies in all 107 countries with TCT programs and completed by 55 (30.9%) of the countries (including 17 of the 22 largest). Responses indicated that participation of women in TCT has increased by 72% since 1975 to more than 20% of all participants. English language competence was an issue of only limited significance in most countries offering TCT because most applicants still come from the educational/social elite. English language competence was a constraint in Bangladesh, China, Mozambique, Bolivia, Senegal, Peru, and Costa Rica. It was hypothesized that the gender gap in English language skill may increase if the trend toward project-related training results in TCT awards going increasingly to people from a wider range of educational/social backgrounds. (Thirteen tables are included. Appendixes contain the following: study questionnaire; 10 tables/figures summarizing standard English language test results, information on TCT study fellows, TCT program characteristics, and rates of participation in TCT programs by country/gender/subject area; and list of study contributors.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission Criteria, Educational Cooperation, Educational Trends, English, Enrollment, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, Language Skills, Participation, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Sex Differences, Tables (Data), Technical Education, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Sponsor: Overseas Development Administration, London (England).
Authoring Institution: N/A