Gender and Distance Education: A case on UT’s Female Student

Broto, Mani Festati and Mutiara, Dewi and Widyasari, (2004) Gender and Distance Education: A case on UT’s Female Student. In: Seminar Nasional UT - SEAMOLEC 2004, 2-3 September 2004, Universitas Terbuka.


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Distance education system allows up participation and choice for individual learning process. The system offers students to plan their learning process according to their own pace, time and money. Moreover, the system introduces a new culture of learning habit, in particular student is encouraged to plan her/his own studies. Hence, student is considered as autonomous individual. Since its commence, Universitas Terbuka (UT) aims and holds commitment in opening a wider access of higher education for all classes, sexes and social backgrounds in the society. For this purpose, UT has established 35 regional centers throughout Indonesia as to maximize the services for the students; and eliminate prerequisites that will limit student entries. Thus, regardless of age and gender, individuals holding high-school graduate diploma can enrolled UT. The result of this policy is that each year there is an increase of student’s enrolment. But is the increase also occur among the female students also? We focus our study on female students because there are limited studies on how females pursue their education at UT. The objective of this paper is to investigate and elaborate the reasons of female students pursuing higher education through UT. The paper starts by investigating the situations and the conditions what particular barriers that female students face. The paper also recognizes what social and cultural barriers female students encounter at UT.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information (ID): seameo04305.pdf
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender mainstreaming, distance education
Subjects: 300 Social Science > 370-379 Education (Pendidikan) > 374.4 Distance Education (Pendidikan Jarak Jauh)
Divisions: Prosiding Seminar > UT-Seamolec 2004
Depositing User: Praba UT
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 02:46
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2019 06:49

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