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ERIC Number: ED470624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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An Innovative Flexible Program for Rural Women.
Wooller, Judith; Warner, Lesley
Central Queensland University's Women into Science and Technology program aimed to broaden the access of women to higher education, improve their career opportunities and employment prospects, and address the personnel shortage in engineering and technology by encouraging mature age women to consider these fields. The distance learning program was designed to give open access to all women regardless of their background. No prerequisites or educational standards are required. The subjects have been designed to bridge the gap between the student's knowledge level and grade 12, thus meeting the requirements of entry into most university courses. Age is no barrier, students can enroll at any time of the year, the course is not tied to any semester system, and the women can work at their own pace. Fees and academic support costs have been kept to a minimum. Government funding is available to qualified students, but some funding time limits interfere with the course being self-paced. Rural Queensland is conservative concerning gender roles. A woman returning to study faces guilt at moving outside the traditional role of domestic manager and derogatory remarks from community and family. One of the early study skills courses also develops self-esteem, and women are further supported through a contact list of other students in their area, a newsletter, and visits by the course coordinator. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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