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Lessons in Educational EqualitySuccessful Approaches to Intractable Problems Around the World$
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Jody Heymann and Adele Cassola

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199755011

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755011.001.0001

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Increasing Gender Equity in Tertiary Science and Engineering Programs

Increasing Gender Equity in Tertiary Science and Engineering Programs

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(p.54) 3 Increasing Gender Equity in Tertiary Science and Engineering Programs
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Lessons in Educational Equality
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Laura Pilozzi-Edmonds

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755011.003.0003

Women are underrepresented in tertiary science and engineering programs in most countries globally. This chapter explores how a pioneering initiative at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania has dramatically improved the enrollment, achievement and acceptance of female students in science and engineering programs. The Special Pre-Entry Program helps young women with poor science grades in secondary national exams to gain admittance to the College of Engineering and Technology. The central finding from this case study is that poor grades at the end of secondary school do not necessarily reflect young women’s potential to perform well in higher education. By their last year of study, girls coming from the pre-entry program were on par with the rest of the class in terms of performance. Policies should therefore ensure that girls receive a quality education at the secondary level in the gender-sensitive environment necessary for them to develop to their full potential.

Keywords:   tertiary education, higher education, Tanzania, educational equity, educational equality, gender equity, gender equality, science and engineering

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