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close this bookFactors Affecting Female Participation in Education in Seven Developing Countries - Education Research Paper No. 09 (DFID, 1993, 96 p.)
close this folder3. Executive Summary
View the documentA. Introduction
Open this folder and view contentsB. Factors affecting female participation in education
Open this folder and view contentsC. Recommendations
View the documentD. Conclusion
View the documentE. Matrix chart

A. Introduction

This project was carried out in three phases:

a. documentary research and field visit planning;

b. six field study visits (one in 1989 and five in 1990)

c. analysis of information gathered and compilation of report.

The period involved was from June 1989 to December 1990, inclusive, during which the researchers were on partial release from their duties at the University of Hull. The countries, selected jointly by the researchers and by ODA were: Bangladesh, Cameroon, India, Jamaica, Sierra Leone and Vanuatu, making two each from Africa, Asia and the Tropical Island Zones. In each location, in addition to interviewing key personnel and consulting local documentation, the researchers carried out two empirical surveys: a major exercise with primary school pupils to ascertain some of their perceptions on gender and education, and a minor exercise with students, mainly those training to be primary teachers for the same purpose. The outcomes contribute to the case study sections below (5.1 to 5.6), from which the summaries of factors influencing female participation in education that appear in the General Report (4D (b) below) and in this executive summary (3B (b) and (c) below) have been distilled.