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The Millennium Development Goals Agenda: Constraints of Culture, Economy, and Empowerment in Influencing the Social Mobility of Pakistani Girls on Mathematics and Science Related Higher Education Courses in Universities in Pakistan

Mujtaba, T; Reiss, MJ; (2015) The Millennium Development Goals Agenda: Constraints of Culture, Economy, and Empowerment in Influencing the Social Mobility of Pakistani Girls on Mathematics and Science Related Higher Education Courses in Universities in Pakistan. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education , 15 (1) pp. 51-68. 10.1080/14926156.2014.992556. Green open access

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Abstract

The third of the eight Millennium Development Goals is to promote gender equality and empower women. This article discusses the factors that are associated with 31 female higher education students’ choices and aspirations to pursue education and careers in mathematics and science-related fields. The analysis is based on semistructured interviews. Patriarchal values in society impacted females’ own perceptions of their abilities and aspirations. Although extrinsic social gain motivation underpinned females’ choices, they had little awareness of the economic benefits of mathematics and science qualifications. Teaching styles were associated with females leaving the mathematics and science pipeline. / Le troisième des huit Objectifs de développement du millénium est de promouvoir l’égalité des sexes et de donner aux femmes le pouvoir de s’assumer. Cet article traite des facteurs liés aux choix et aux aspirations de 31 étudiantes universitaires ayant élu d’entreprendre une carrière en mathématiques ou dans un autre domaine scientifique. Notre analyse se fonde sur des entrevues semi-structurées. Les valeurs patriarcales de la société ont influencé la perception que les femmes elles-mêmes ont de leurs habiletés et aspirations. Bien que les motivations extrinsèques de gain social sous-tendent les choix des femmes, elles sont peu conscientes des avantages économiques liés aux compétences et aux diplômes de mathématiques ou de sciences. Il ressort que certains styles d’enseignement sont associés à l’abandon des mathématiques et des sciences de la part des femmes.

Type: Article
Title: The Millennium Development Goals Agenda: Constraints of Culture, Economy, and Empowerment in Influencing the Social Mobility of Pakistani Girls on Mathematics and Science Related Higher Education Courses in Universities in Pakistan
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14926156.2014.992556
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14926156.2014.992556
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education on 26 February 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14926156.2014.992556.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474624
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