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An exploration of gender and academic management in Irish institutes of technology
Malone, Fiona
This research is situated in the area of gender. The impetus of this research is based on the significant lack of women at the higher echelons of academic management in the Institute of Technology sector. Such a study is important in order to develop an understanding of how academics experience gender in the workplace and how such experiences impact on their careers. Identifying a philosophy is essentially about identifying truth and for this study truth is the lived experience of participants. Contextually this study is conducted in an Irish Institute of Technology setting, within the naturalistic paradigm, using an exploratory case study research design. Secondary data is collected in the form of observations and documentations. Primary data is collected through seventeen semi-structured interviews with thirteen women and four men. A stratified, purposive, non-probability sampling approach is used which includes academics at different grades and disciplines from lecturer to senior academic managers. A qualitative methodology is employed using several phases of iterative thematic analysis using inductive and deductive approaches. Key research questions addressed in this study provide evidence of the existence of gendered bias speculated in the existing literature at three levels, organisational, group and individual. This study builds on previous research as it unbundles and extends the analysis of gendered practices and highlights variations in gender related issues faced by women academics in the IoT sector, such as, structural placement and control of women. Specifically, there is some evidence that, as a result of gendered bias, academic women face an additional barrier in the workplace, shame. In addition, women are more reluctant than men to put themselves forward for advancement due to these practices. A conceptual framework for analysis of gender bias at organisational and group level, and their impacts at individual level and career direction scaffold the research.
Keyword(s): Education; Gender; gender; academic; Institute of Technology; shame; organisational practices
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Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): O'Brien, Shivaun; McNamara, Gerry
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Malone, Fiona (2018) An exploration of gender and academic management in Irish institutes of technology. Doctor of Education thesis, Dublin City University.
Publisher(s): Dublin City University. School of Policy & Practice
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