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Title: Becoming and being academic women in Lao PDR: Stoic but desiring change
Contributor(s): Maxwell, Thomas W  (author); Boulidam, Somhkit (author); Ousy, Salika (author); Osay, Vong Deuan (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: This is the first study of the role of women teaching in a university in Lao PDR. The extensive literature on this subject in Western countries guided the sixteen interviews in Laotian that were translated and analysed with the assistance of NVIVO. Pipeline effects limited women's entrance to the academy. We found eight junior women were motivated extrinsically to become academics compared to the intrinsic motivation of most senior women. In becoming university teachers, the senior women had more to deal with. Most of the women interviewed were also required to do mundane service duties as well as teach while the male academics were involved in administration as well as teaching and were much more likely to be tenured and to do research. The women's explanations of these differences were largely given in terms of a competency discourse and the effects of stereotyping. Practices were different from national policy. Culture and tradition are important factors governing gender choices in Lao PDR including at the university. Frame factor theory was useful as a process explanation that limited women's choices. Yet, in terms of the future, the women identified a range of practical actions that they or others, such as the university leaders and the men in their lives could undertake to create a community with greater equity. Future areas for research are identified.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Rabsel: the CERD Educational Journal, 17(1), p. 20-39
Publisher: Royal University of Bhutan, Paro College of Education, Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD)
Place of Publication: Bhutan
ISSN: 2077-4966
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: 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160205 Policies and development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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