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Type: Journal article
Title: Retaining female postgraduates in academia: the role of gender and prospective parenthood
Author: Crabb, S.
Ekberg, S.
Citation: Higher Education Research and Development, 2014; 33(6):1099-1112
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0729-4360
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Shona Crabb and Stuart Ekberg
Abstract: Women remain under-represented in almost all academic levels at universities internationally, and previous evidence has suggested that women move out of the university system in increasing numbers as they progress from postgraduate study to an academic career. The current study aimed to explore the role of gender in the reports of study experiences and future career plans of Australian postgraduate research students ( n = 249). Questionnaire data indicated women were signi fi cantly less likely than men to rate an academic career as appealing. In particular, female postgraduate students without dependent children were least likely to want to pursue an academic career. On the basis of qualitative analysis, we attribute this fi nding, at least in part, to a perceived incompatibility between motherhood and an academic career and discuss the implications for gender equity in higher education.
Keywords: academic careers; equity; gender; parenthood; postgraduate students
Rights: © 2014 HERDSA
DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2014.911251
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