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Title:Gender and Perceptions of Academic Work in South Africa
Author:Ruth, Damian
Periodical:Journal of Higher Education in Africa (ISSN 0851-7762)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
work attitudes
gender inequality
Education and Oral Traditions
Labor and Employment
Women's Issues
Education and Training
College teachers--Workload
Gender-based analysis
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43661438
Abstract:This article examines perceptions of South African academics regarding academic workload, specifically the distribution of aspects of academic work; the determinants of teaching load; the determinants of remuneration; the purpose of staff development programmes; and decisionmaking in departments. It reviews the way research, teaching, administration and service are each subject to gendering and are also situated relative to one another in a gendered way. Findings indicate that there are significant differences between females and males in opinions about and perceptions of academic work. Females tend to be more conditional in their responses. Findings also, however, reveal inconsistencies and confound expectations arising from the literature. For example, females do not report significant discrimination with respect to decisionmaking in departments. The study questions whether survey research can 'access' the evidence disclosed by qualitative research. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]