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Contemporary Approaches in Education

Edited By Kevin Norley, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Hasan Arslan

Contemporary Approaches in Education presents papers of the Fifth European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Sixth European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences in Selcuk, Izmir, Turkey. The contributions deal with a wide range of educational issues, namely teaching and learning, educational policy and school psychology.
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Women on Board: The Perception of Gender Discrimination and Prejudice in the Maritime Sector

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Yasemin Nemlioglu Koca

Women on Board:The Perception of Gender Discrimination and Prejudice in the Maritime Sector

Abstract The distinctive feature of the maritime sector is that it is carried on in an international environment which involves multidisciplinary knowledge. This distinctive feature implies challenging conditions for those working in the related fields like maritime education and business. However, compared to other sectors, the effects of these conditions are felt more intensely by women. As in many countries of the world, internships / working in the maritime sector in Turkey may be subjected to gender discrimination and prejudices. The discourses based on discrimination and prejudice such as “this is a profession for men, women are not suitable for this profession, and they bring bad luck to the ship” discourage women from becoming involved in this profession. Furthermore, this perception may decisively affect their overall performance.

This study attempts to investigate the perception of female students attending maritime institutions of higher education in Turkey. It is our aim to see how this climate of gender discrimination and prejudice affects their student life. Our analysis is based on a case-study, the Barbaros Maritime School of Kocaeli University. The study will use the survey technique to gather the proper data.

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