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ERIC Number: ED453773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 19
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Higher Education: A Qualitative Inquiry into the Educational Experiences of Seven African Women.
Otieno, Tabitha N.
This study was a qualitative inquiry that focused on the educational experiences of seven African women students' attempt to pursue higher education in their home countries. It identified the problems they encountered, and how they overcame them, and explored their educational experiences in the United States. Data came from systematic interviews and field observations and informal surveys. Informants were asked to read notes from their interviews and add to or clarify them. Six of the seven informants had done their undergraduate studies in their own countries. They had come to the United States to pursue master's degrees, and six had been "wooed" to pursue doctoral degrees. They had work experience in various fields, and had successful careers. The data analysis identified four categories of interest; motivational factors, barriers, strategies, and studies in the United States. All of the informants agreed that education in most African countries does not favor the upward mobility of women, and they talked about African cultural elements that the schools perpetuate that tend to discourage girls and women. They made several suggestions to encourage women to stay in the educational systems of their own countries. Most of these recommendations will require substantive societal changes. (Contains 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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