Difficulties African Women Face in Accessing Education: The Plight of School Girls in Kakamega, Kenya

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Pages:244
ISBN:0-7734-3801-7
978-0-7734-3801-9
Price:$179.95
This book examines socio-cultural and gender-based barriers Kenyan secondary school girls face. Currently, research has focused on increasing girls’ enrollment rates to ameliorate the gender gap in African education. This research demonstrates that while it is important to have more girls attend school, girls today are disproportionately placed in inferior schools and confronted with gender-based attitudes that negatively impact their educational opportunities.

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“Dr. Webster describes in convincing detail the results of this uneven development in the Kakamega District of Western Kenya. Girls who have a right to expect equal treatment with their male peers are not only denied equality in school assignment but also suffer harassment and disruption of their educational careers. Though growing enrollments suggest improvement in women’s education, schools are actually sites of male domination and abuse. . . . by describing the plight of girls in Kakamega the book calls attention to issues in women’s education that can no longer be ignored by educators, researchers and policy-makers. – Prof. Robert A. LeVine, Harvard University

Table of Contents

CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION CHAPTER II: HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE GENDER GAP IN KENYAN EDUCATION CHAPTER III: RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY CHAPTER IV: STUDENTS’ HOME ENVIRONMENT AND CAREER EXPECTATIONS CHAPTER V: STUDENTS’ SCHOOLING EXPERIENCES
CHAPTER VI: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

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