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Exploring women-only training program for gender equality and women’s continuous professional development in the workplace

Szufang Chuang (Department of Human Resource Development and Performance Technologies, College of Technology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 22 March 2019

Issue publication date: 23 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Women make up about half of the overall workforce, but they are still underrepresented in higher pay, leadership and senior-level positions. Literature indicated genders are different in information processing, values, learning styles, behaviors and leadership styles. A customized women-only training program (WOTP) has been implemented cross-disciplinary; yet, the literature has limited discussions on the principle and outcome of WOTP. The purpose of this paper is to explore the purpose, application, challenges, advantages and disadvantages of WOTP.

Design/methodology/approach

Social learning theory was applied to investigate the fundamental principle of WOTP.

Findings

The implication of WOTP to human resource development (HRD) discipline was discussed, and three propositions were created in this paper.

Originality/value

This paper is expected to contribute to adult education and HRD research and practices on promoting gender equality in the workplace and to provoke dialogue about a training strategy – WOTP.

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Citation

Chuang, S. (2019), "Exploring women-only training program for gender equality and women’s continuous professional development in the workplace", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 359-373. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-01-2018-0001

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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