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ERIC Number: EJ950040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
"A Girl Never Finishes Her Journey": Mixing Methods to Understand Female Experiences of Education in Contemporary Ethiopia
Camfield, Laura
Research Papers in Education, v26 n4 p393-412 2011
Much research has suggested that focusing on the determinants of female enrolment and dropout tells us little about girls' experiences of schooling in developing countries and cannot explain variation in their educational trajectories. This paper draws on quantitative (n = 1177) and qualitative data (n = 15) collected by "Young Lives" in Ethiopia to explore the educational experiences of girls aged 11-15 living in five rural and urban communities. It focuses on the diversity in girls' experiences and outcomes that can be obscured by simple quantitative measures and aggregated data. As this diversity is often attributed to individual motivation or "culture", the paper investigates the relationship between accounts of local norms and individual aspirations and experiences. Finally, it uses a comparative case study of two urban schoolgirls to contextualise educational outcomes and explore the processes behind them. The paper concludes that even when measured outcomes are expanded to include "student engagement" the methodological focus on the individual neglects the social, material and political-economic factors that shape their educational trajectories. This makes it more difficult to understand girls' aspirations and experiences or support their schooling. (Contains 6 tables and 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia