Equality And Diversity Promotion Can Improve Female Students’ Performance In Research Projects

Equality and diversity variation is usually seen mostly in the Nigeria tertiary institution. The discrimination the female students go through from their primary to tertiary institution affect their performance academically even in their choice of undergraduate project topics. Most of the female students end up choosing topics that are less tedious; because they feel is a kind of masculine topic to work on. This is because of the effect of the society and family background on them; most of these female students are usually not encouraged to do better than the male students although there are some female students that still do better. The habits developed by most undergraduate female students started from their primary education to secondary education; this followed these students to their university lives. Equality promotion at the primary education of female students can help boost their performance and their choice of project topic.

Equality & Diversity Promotion

Against a backdrop of understanding equality and diversity of students in higher education, access to higher education has become a major policy concern for some institutions. Throughout this chapter, the term perceived discrimination would be used to refer to an individual’s perception that he or she is treated differently or unfairly because of that person’s membership. Perceived discrimination against students can be damaging to a university’s name through negative-word of-mouth and decrease in enrollments. Debate continues about the best strategies for the management of discrimination that comes in many forms depending on the perceptions of the individuals affected. International students often experience discrimination in their interactions with faculty, staff, other students, and the community. This discrimination may have an impact on international students’ reluctance to revisit their institution if they feel discriminated against. The continued racial inequality might lead students to internalize negative and racist ideology regarding one’s racial group and identity. In view of all that has been mentioned so far, one may suppose that this internalization in turn may affect the self-efficacy, perceived control, and outcome expectations of some students. One unanticipated finding was that Higher Education can lead to greater, and often more prestigious, career opportunities to all students irrespective of their diversity. Despite changes and challenges experienced by students in higher education, few argue philosophically against an increased openness and diversity within higher education. Most laud the dramatic expansion of university access as commensurate with principles of distributive justice, equal opportunity, and improved social mobility. At the level of individual institutions, each university’s philosophy serves as an integral guiding factor for establishing fair and equitable admissions. An interrogation of their mission statements can offer a lens through which one can view how organizational cultures affect the delivery of student supports on campus, which then influence student equality, diversity, and success

Academic Performance

Performance is defined as the observable or measurable behaviour of a person an animal in a particular situation usually experimental situation. This means that performance measures the aspect of behaviour that can be observed at a specific period. To determine perrformance, a performance test is conducted. Performance can also be seen as a the type of mental test in which the subject is asked to do something rather than to say something. Performance test is the type of test which throws light on the ability to deal with things rather than symbols. In relation to educational research, academic performance of a student can be regarded as the observable and measurable behaviour of a student in a particular situation. For example, the academic performance of a student in social studies includes observable and measurable behaviour of a student at any point in time during a course. In social studies students' academic performance consists of his scores at any particular time obtained from a teacher- made test. Therefore, we can equate academic performance with the observed behaviour or expectation of achieving a specific statement of or statement of educational intention in a research. Academic performance of students consists of scores obtained from teacher-made test, first term examination, mid-semester test.

        Achievement is defined as measurable behaviour in a standardised series of tests. Achievement test is usually constructed and standardised to measure proficiency in school subjects. In most cases, according to them. "accomplishment" is sometimes used in place of "achievement". Educational achievement is measured by standardised achievement test developed for school subjects. What this means is that academic achievement is measured in relation to what is attained at the end of a course, since it is the accomplishment of medium or long term objective of education. What is important is that the test should be a standardised test to meet national norm. For a test to be standardised, it must be valid for over a period of time.

The Need For Equality & Diversity Promotion

  • Makes female students feel valued
  • Enhances recruitment of students more advanced departments
  • Ensures female students have the opportunity to achieve their potential
  • Helps to recognise female student’s strengths
  • Promotes inclusivity (a sense of belonging)
  • Reflects the college community
  • Helps to raise standards (academics)
  • Promotes social cohesion and good public relations
  • Fulfils the College mission and Ofsted requirements
  • Encourages tolerance
  • Gives female students shared core values
  • Makes a better/nicer environment to work/study in
  • Helps to create a harmonious, welcoming and safe environment
  • Sets standards on how female students should behave
  • Broadens students learning experiences
  • Promotes a culture a mutual respect and acceptance of others
  • Creates an atmosphere in which every female students feels valued

How Equality And Diversity Promotion Can Improve Female Student Performance In Research Projects

Putting an end to discrimination of any form can help boost the confidence of students not only in their academic performance but also in their career choices. Promoting equality and diversity in work place, in primary, secondary and tertiary institution is very important to a healthy working and learning environments for students workers etc. In the area of research projects, the evidence is also there. Promoting equality and diversity among students will improve their relationship with their peers. There will not be any form of discrimination among them and they will feel free to collaborate with each other irrespective of their gender to source for information and materials for their research projects.

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