Higher Education in Post-Mao China

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Gender Differences in Taiwan's Academe -- Implications for the PRC

Chuing Prudence CHOU and Flora Chia-I CHANG


INTRODUCTION

Throughout the world teaching in higher education has traditionally been a male-dominated profession. Women have been a minority of instructors and professors at colleges and universities, even in countries where women represent over half of the students in higher education. As a minority, women have been segregated into the lower ranks, into part-time teaching and into the less lucrative and 'female' fields. Discrimination against women has occurred with respect to hiring, reward, promotion and granting tenure. Women have not been sponsored into the academic profession in the same ways as men have. 1

This chapter draws from two empirical studies on female faculty members in Taiwan. 2 Women's participation in Taiwan's higher education serves as a good indicator for the modernization in the PRC's education system, and the findings of Taiwan studies therefore are relevant to the PRC. The purpose of this chapter is to analyse how and to what extent gender differences exist in the measures of hiring faculty staff, rewards and promotion in Taiwan, and to relate these findings to the PRC.

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