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ERIC Number: ED511285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Guilty or Not Guilty? How Nigerian Families Impede the Aspirations of Nigerian Girls for Higher Education
Onochie, Okeke Chinedu Ifedi
Online Submission, US-China Education Review v7 n6 p16-31 Jun 2010
The females' relatively low participation in higher education is discussed within the Nigerian society in a way that such issues are discursively placed in often contradictory, as well as extremely complicated contexts. Dominant discussions draw on the interplay between gender and students' performance across subjects, as well as on the influences of the often patriarchal school environment on students' overall performance, which with little or no attention given to parental and domestic agencies. This paper is an account of the stories of the experiences of schooling about some Nigerian school girls from the perspective of their families. The larger study from which this paper derives, examined the gendered perception of schooling amongst some senior secondary school students in a Nigerian suburb. A number of discussions among the 25 girls (and 25 boys) who participated in the study were analyzed to understand how gender played in their perceptions of schooling influences upon their lives. As this project was grounded in the interpretivist qualitative research paradigm, discursive interpretivist approach was employed to interrogate how parental and domestic agencies, can play upon the aspirations of young girls for higher education in both complex and subtle ways. Recommendations for changes in policy and practice are made. [An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Learning, which was held at the University of Barcelona, Spain, during July 1-4, 2009.]
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nigeria