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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

Gender and Achievement in Higher Education

Publication Date: 
June 2010

According to the Global Education Digest 2009 (UNESCO Institute for Statistics [UIS], 2009), the number of students pursuing tertiary education globally has skyrocketed over the past 37 years, from 28.6 million in 1970 to 159.5 million in 2008. Today, there is widespread concern in the Caribbean region about the issue of gender and achievement in education in general, and higher education in particular. This paper explores this phenomenon regionally and globally, providing a critical analysis of explanations and theorizing that have emerged to understand this situation in both contexts.

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