ERIC Number: EJ1043463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
"Different People Have Different Priorities": Work-Family Balance, Gender, and the Discourse of Choice
Beddoes, Kacey; Pawley, Alice L.
Studies in Higher Education, v39 n9 p1573-1585 2014
This paper contributes new perspectives on the underrepresentation of female faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines by identifying how faculty themselves conceptualize or make sense of the problem. We conducted in-depth interviews with 19 STEM faculty members. The interviews were employed to identify discourses faculty engage in their explanations for underrepresentation. Work-family balance emerged as the leading theme, with participants identifying many challenges thereto. As participants discussed work-family balance, they engaged a discourse of "choice" to frame the challenges faced by female faculty members in particular. We relate the discourse of choice to the persistence of gender inequalities in STEM departments.
Descriptors: Family Work Relationship, Gender Issues, Women Faculty, Females, STEM Education, Interviews, College Faculty, Disproportionate Representation, Sex Role, Research Universities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: HRD 0811194