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Female university students’ narrative in the Islamic Republic of IRAN: Their experience of empowerment

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Iranian higher education has witnessed a dramatic change in its gender structure since the establishment of the Islamic Republic, as illustrated in the available statistics. Women comprised 31 percent of the university student population on the eve of the 1979 revolution, thirty years later in 2009, 57 percent of university students were women. Iranian women enter the university with different kinds and degree of motivation and images of higher education. What is most important; however, is the women's account of their experiences at institutes of higher education and the results of attending university. The present study has used qualitative research methodology, using purposeful sampling and conducting in-depth interview, to present the female students' narratives about their university experience in Iran. The findings show that one of the most remarkable achievements of university attendance for female students has been gaining a sense of empowerment while noting the fact that the perception of empowerment varies for different students. University attendance has also brought about personal independence, social presence, and more extensive interaction with others. Also, according to the female students interviewed, university has been one of the most important avenues for advancement and capacity building among youth Iranian women but this advancement has not related to job finding or economic chances.
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Fereidouni, Somayeh. "Female university students’ narrative in the Islamic Republic of IRAN: Their experience of empowerment" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493879_index.html>

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Fereidouni, S. "Female university students’ narrative in the Islamic Republic of IRAN: Their experience of empowerment" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493879_index.html

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Abstract: Iranian higher education has witnessed a dramatic change in its gender structure since the establishment of the Islamic Republic, as illustrated in the available statistics. Women comprised 31 percent of the university student population on the eve of the 1979 revolution, thirty years later in 2009, 57 percent of university students were women. Iranian women enter the university with different kinds and degree of motivation and images of higher education. What is most important; however, is the women's account of their experiences at institutes of higher education and the results of attending university. The present study has used qualitative research methodology, using purposeful sampling and conducting in-depth interview, to present the female students' narratives about their university experience in Iran. The findings show that one of the most remarkable achievements of university attendance for female students has been gaining a sense of empowerment while noting the fact that the perception of empowerment varies for different students. University attendance has also brought about personal independence, social presence, and more extensive interaction with others. Also, according to the female students interviewed, university has been one of the most important avenues for advancement and capacity building among youth Iranian women but this advancement has not related to job finding or economic chances.


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