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ERIC Number: EJ1223963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0973-1849
Perceptions of Diversity among Faculty Members in Indian Higher Education Institutions: A Qualitative Investigation
Alfonso, Thaddeus; Ganesan, Shankar
Contemporary Education Dialogue, v16 n2 p208-228 Jul 2019
Diversity studies have mostly been done outside India and have largely focused on race, gender and ethnicity. The relevance of these studies to India remains less explored. Hence, faculties from various disciplines were interviewed across six states and a union territory. Diversity awareness was substantial regarding familiar social categories that have received socio-political attention so far like gender. However, faculty limited gender diversity to entry-level recruitment and they seldom mentioned the need for women at professorial and leadership levels. Awareness about diversity domains such as gender identity, sexual orientation and race was inadequate. While diversity was considered essential for student admissions, it was not so for faculty recruitment. Though the majority acknowledged disability and age as diversity domains, there was insufficient preparation for engagement with disabled people and members outside formal age-groups. There is a need for instilling global and country-specific diversity awareness in the faculty.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India