African Journal of Gender and Women Studies

African Journal of Gender and Women Studies ISSN 2516-9831 Vol. 5 (4), pp. 001-006, April, 2020. © International Scholars Journals


Inhibiting influences of some traditional practices in the home on girl-child's interest development in science

Bernadette Ezeliora1* and Jude O. Ezeokana2

1Department of Science Education, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.

2Department of Psychology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.

Accepted 10 December, 2019


The home is the cradle for development from where the girl-child builds and develops her knowledge, inclinations and interest. Unfortunately, the home which should provide the girl-child the good environment for developing scientific skills has become an obstacle to the girl-child's scientific development. There are a continuum of parental attitudes and traditional practices in the home directed to the girl-child that are considered harmful and obstacles to girl-child's acquisition of the basic scientific skills. These practices vary from disinterestedness on the needs of the girl-child and exploitation to open hostility, over protection and excessive restriction of the girl-child, male preference, absentee parenting and early marriage and so on. The consequences of these practices on the girl-child result to emotional break down that is manifested by their lack of self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, poor self actualization and evaluation, learning difficulty, distractibility and destruction of academic ambition of the girl-child. As a result, the girl-child lacks the will power to learn difficult subjects like science and mathematics and thus, develop disinterestedness and poor attitude towards science that has helped to increased low women/girls representation in science. Educational implications are discussed and recommendations were made.

Key words: Traditional practices, girl child.