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Gender in Higher Education

With the expanding notion of the knowledge society, in which needs for advanced knowledge and skills are constantly on the rise, higher education is emerging more and more as the privileged site for national improvement and individual social mobility. The understanding of gender in higher education varies, from concentrating on inequalities between women and men in access, choice of field of study, and representation as professors and academic administrators to a concern about the identity and injustices attached to several forms of sexual orientation. This entry examines several critical points in the intersection of higher education and gender: student access, field of study choice, the nature of the higher education experience, women as faculty and leaders, the role of higher education in transforming the social ...

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