Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Economics
Making sense of male experience: The case of academic underachievement in the English-speaking Caribbean
Date of Publication
Reprinted in You We Quality Education Forum, no.8 (2002) : 11-15
Poses a number of questions, for example, why are 30 percent of today's graduates from the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies male whilst in 1948 the figure stood at 70 percent? Why do men continue to make up 90 percent of professional appointments and remain dominant in certain technical and vocational fields, notably engineering? And why have women challenged traditionally male fields such as medicine whilst men have not done the same in traditional female fields such as nursing? Argues that these trends are the outcome of historical male privileging and that policies based on this perspective will produce better long-term results than those based on a notion of male marginalization. To come to this position it is necesary to adopt a dynamic analysis that identifies how each gender has responded to the socioeconomic and political-cultural changes that took place in the twentieth century Caribbean.....