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Gender Parity of Science Students in Covenant University

Achuka, J.A and Usikalu, M.R. and Akinyemi, M. L. and Kayode, O.T and Abodunrin, T.J and Ometan, Oluwafunmilayo O. (2016) Gender Parity of Science Students in Covenant University. In: 3rd International Conference On African Development Issues (CU-ICADI), May 9- May 11 2016, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

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Science is the key to technological and economic development of a society. Over time, science field has been a male dominated branch of study. Advancing women equality in this field of study will influence the world’s economy positively. Assessment of gender parity index in tertiary institutions is a tool that will enable the recruitment of female students into the sciences. Ten (10) years of undergraduate and five (5) years of postgraduate students data of Covenant University were used for this study. It was observed that more female opted for biological sciences. The total number of female science students was found to range from 5.0-14.8 %, 6.5-36.7 % and 9.1-50.0 % for first, second and doctorate degree respectively. The result showed 90 % disparity in favour of males for science undergraduate students, 40 % disparity for masters and 90 % for doctorates’ students. Strategies to win more female into the sciences should be encouraged

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science; development; gender parity
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 13:05
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2016 13:05

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