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Exploring experiences of female academics at a higher education institution Limpopo Province, South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Maqubela, L. N.
dc.contributor.advisor Mulaudzi, T. P.
dc.contributor.author Muleya, Abgirl
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-31T13:23:36Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-31T13:23:36Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/930
dc.description MGS
dc.description Institute for Gender and Youth Studies
dc.description.abstract Institutions of higher learning are still masculine-orientated; this creates a barrier for women in terms of career advancement. To this effect women are under-represented in top academic positions. The study employed qualitative research methods to explore factors that contribute to the under-representation of women in senior positions at the University of Venda. A combination of purposive and convenience sampling was used to select twenty five female academics (25). Data was collected through primary and secondary data, semi-structured interviews were used to elicit and illuminate women’s voices on issues that affect them and a thematic analysis was used to analyse the collected data. The research findings demonstrate that the University’s environment continues to be masculine-oriented within most of employment categories as well as in academia where women struggle to thrive. Women face multiple challenges in ascending the academic ladder which results in the under-representation of women in management and academic levels. These challenges included: the stringent criteria for promotion which do not seem to accommodate women, especially mothers, lack of female role-models, mentors and networks. The second major barrier is the teaching work-load which poses difficulties for women, preparations for teaching took long hours leaving them with no time for family, research, publication, as well as to further their studies, which are necessary requirements for promotion. The third major barrier women are faced with is the challenge of balancing multiple roles - as students, workers and mothers. Balancing these multiple roles makes it difficult for women to meet the highly stringent promotion criteria in the University en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 135 leaves : color illustrations)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Gender equality en_US
dc.subject Gender mainstreaming en_US
dc.subject Glass ceilings en_US
dc.subject.ddc 378.198220968257
dc.subject.lcsh Women in education -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Education (Higher) -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Women educators -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Educators -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Women teachers -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Higher -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Sex discrimination in higher education -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Universities and colleges -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.title Exploring experiences of female academics at a higher education institution Limpopo Province, South Africa en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US


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