Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 15, Issue 3–4, pp 277–284 | Cite as

Science Education in Nigeria: An Examination of People’s Perceptions about Female Participation in Science, Mathematics and Technology

  • Peter O. OgunjuyigbeEmail author
  • Ebenezer O. Ojofeitimi
  • Ambrose Akinlo

The paper brings to focus people’s perception about female involvement in science, mathematics and technology (SMT). Data for the study were obtained from a survey conducted in March, 2005 in two Local Government Areas of Osun state, Southwest Nigeria. The paper reveals that: (i) about 57% of household heads, 45.6% of mothers and 57.6% of the children are of the opinion that both boys and girls are given equal right to SMT education (ii) social forces play an important role in determining people’s attitude to SMT (iii) though, parents and stakeholders perceptions about girls’ participation in some professions is changing, however, socio-cultural and economic factors still determine which sex to encourage to read SMT.


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This study was conducted with grant provided by FAWE, Nairobi to Dr P.O. Ogunjuyigbe a Guest Researcher under the FAWE Resident Researcher Programme (FRGRP). We wish to express our appreciation to Forum for African Women Educationists (FAWE), Nairobi, Kenya for permission to use part of the data collected in the study: Socio-Cultural and Economic Barriers Associated with Gender Differentials in Science, Mathematics and Technology in Nigeria. All the details and interpretations contained in this paper remain the responsibility of the authors and in no way commit FAWE.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter O. Ogunjuyigbe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ebenezer O. Ojofeitimi
    • 2
  • Ambrose Akinlo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Demography and Social StatisticsObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-IfeNigeria
  2. 2.Institute of Public Health, College of Health SciencesObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-IfeNigeria

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