Examining Challenges Facing Women Pursuing Doctorate Degress in Ghana

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2022-05
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Chebesi, Daphne Ngenwie
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This study examines the challenges faced by women pursuing doctorate degrees in Ghana using doctorate students from the University of Ghana as the case study. While women's participation in education in Ghana has improved significantly over the past years, data suggests that women are still missing at higher levels of education, especially at the doctorate level. Using a phenomenological hermeneutic approach to qualitative research, this study aims to understand gender-specific differences in the key identity transition from student to a scholar for men and women pursuing PhDs in Ghana. Identifying these challenges will help policymakers know how to better support women through their gender-specific challenges and could help increase the ranks and number of women relative to men in teaching and research roles within universities. Primary data was collected through semistructured interviews with male and female doctorate students at the University of Ghana. Transcripts from the research were analysed using thematic analysis. The results show that women in this study are under much more pressure from society than men to perform certain gender roles or meet societal gender expectations. Compared to men, women’s gender roles and expectations more often clashed with roles and expectations of their emerging scholarly identity, causing tension. These tensions make the PhD journey more challenging for women, especially married women compared to men. It is recommended that the government and higher education institutions provide priority funding for married women with dependents during the PhD programs. Also, PhD lecturers and supervisors should be more empathetic toward PhD students balancing family demands with intense academic programs.
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Undergraduate thesis submitted to the Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration
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Chebesi, D.N (2022). Examining Challenges Facing Women Pursuing Doctorate Degress in Ghana, Undergraduate thesis. Ashesi University, Berekuso. 71pgs.
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