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Researching women: an annotated bibliography on gender equity in Commonwealth higher education

posted on 2023-06-07, 04:45 authored by Louise Morley, A Sorhaindo, PennyJane Burke
This annotated bibliography documents the wealth of scholarship on gender and higher education in the Commonwealth, particularly in low-income countries. It contains the results of a major literature search of published and 'grey' literature: the texts that do not reach the public domain, including conference papers, seminar papers and MA and doctoral theses. The aim is to present as full a picture as possible of issues, debates and concerns that have arisen over the past ten years. The bibliography originated in the Gender Equity in Commonwealth Higher Education Research Project, directed by Louise Morley at the Institute of Education, University of London. In the early stages of the project it became apparent that there is a paucity of published literature on women and higher education outside the West. While there is literature on girls and education in low-income countries, there appeared to be little material published about women's experiences of higher education, depsite the research on gender equity in higher education across the Commonwealth. Somehow descriptions and analysis of this work did not seem to be getting into the public domain. This meant that opportunities for dissemination and sharing were being severely limited. Researching Women addresses this lack by describing the location and reviewing the content of writing from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Australasia and the UK. As such, it should be a valuable resource for gender scholars who are interested in international patterns and interventions for gender equity in higher education.


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