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Gender and Science in the Arab States: Current Status and Future Prospects

  • Saouma BouJaoude
  • Ghada Gholam
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Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 8)

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the status of science education in the Arab states and to analyze problems of access and quality with a focus on the status of women in science education and the sociocultural factors that constrain their ability to go beyond a certain stage in development and role in society. This analysis adopts a sociocultural perspective which maintains that behavior and mental processes are shaped not only by prior learning experiences and other internal psychological processes but also by the prevailing social and cultural context. Finally, the analysis is conducted in light of the pressing need in Arab states to prepare all citizens – not only the fortunate ones who receive quality education – to be scientifically and technologically literate in order for them to succeed in a world that is becoming a global village, where competition is extremely high and knowledge is being produced at such a high rate that catching up is extremely difficulty even for people who are highly educated.

Keywords

Science Education Saudi Arabia Arab Country Career Guidance Sociocultural Factor 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

We wish to acknowledge the support of Ms. Christine Asaad and Ms. Dina Selim during the writing of this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education and Science and Math Education CenterAmerican University of BeirutBeirutLebanon
  2. 2.UNESCO Cairo OfficeCairoEgypt

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