Still the half open door! Women and research degrees in education

Year: 1999

Author: Gill, Judith

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The Faculty of Education UNISA was identified as failing to maintain equity in student enrolments because the high proportion of women in undergraduate awards was reversed when the research degree enrolment was considered. As a response the Faculty commissioned a study to investigate the experience, motivation and incentives for women students to enroll in research degrees. The study involved existing students and potential students from the three education sectors - schools, adult education and university. The research included an investigation of the views and practices of senior personnel from the employment institutions, viz. DETE, ISB and the CEO, in terms of the career paths offered for employees who have research degrees.

This paper reports on the results of the research and offers some suggestions for the further development of research degrees within Faculties of Education.