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ERIC Number: ED447281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-9
Pages: 11
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Technological Education for Women as a Tool of Upward Social Mobility, with Reference to the Middle East.
Nashif, Taysir
Technological education is more effective than general education in improving social mobility. Remarkable gender disparities currently exist in overall enrollment in secondary and higher education in the Arab states. Encouraging more Arab women to enroll in technological education would lead to higher percentages of women in higher-paying jobs, with the attendant consequences of enhanced social status, security, and mobility. Because technological education is essentially devoid of social and cultural conditions, it weakens gender differentiation of roles. The 1979 Conference on Science and Technology for Development adopted a resolution on women, science, and technology that called on member states to facilitate the following changes: (1) equal distribution of the benefits of scientific and technological development and its applications in society; (2) participation of women in the decision-making process related to science and technology; and (3) equal access for women and men to scientific and technological training and to the respective professional careers. Especially in Arab countries, which have been witnessing a faster pace of urbanization and use of technology than elsewhere, technological education promises to give women a more pronounced presence in their countries' changing economic and social structures, thereby helping to change the patriarchal system that has hindered Arab women's mobility. (MN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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