Date of Degree
PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
Scott F. McNabb
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The purpose of this study was to reveal the ways in which first-generation women in Tanzania explained their success in pursuing a university education despite cultural and social obstacles. Such obstacles include social policies, socio-cultural factors, and academic factors. A review of the literature revealed that issues such as patriarchy, proximity to schools, teenage pregnancy, domestic roles, religion, and initiation rituals serve as hurdles for women who seek to reach tertiary education. Ethnography was used to capture a deep slice of the women's background and educational experiences.
access, first-generation, higher education, Tanzania, women
x, 173 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 170-173).
Copyright 2011 Megan P. Johnson
Johnson, Megan Patricia. "Women's access to higher education in Tanzania: a qualitative study." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2011.