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Title: Becoming and being academic women: Perspectives from the Maldives
Contributor(s): Maxwell, Thomas W  (author); Mohamed, Mizna (author); Mohamed, Naashia (author); Naseer, Badhoora (author); Zahir, Arminath (author); Nashida, Aminath (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/2331186X.2015.1121062Open Access Link
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Abstract: This exploratory study aimed at understanding the role of women teaching in a university in the Maldives is a first of its kind. The many studies of academic women in Western countries guided the 20 semi-structured interviews. The data were thematically analysed with the assistance of NVivo. Becoming an academic appeared to be an independent decision for the majority of women. There was little parental influence. A common theme was the women perceived that, in general, they worked harder than men. They perceived little or no work differences, despite the observation that men filled senior positions at the university. Although work/life balance was difficult to maintain, a striking finding was that the majority of the women were quite satisfied. From the point of view of most of the women interviewed, gender was little or not an issue, in that there was no indication of frustration or anger amongst the women interviewed. Several issues are identified for future research.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Cogent Education, 2(1), p. 1-11
Publisher: Cogent OA
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2331-186X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390406 Gender, sexuality and education
390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930499 School/Institution not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160299 Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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