Strategies for closing the educational gaps among palestinian couples in Israel

Khawla Abu-Baker, Faisal Azaiza

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This study deals with attitudes and mechanisms among Palestinian couples who have been married a long time and have educational gaps between husband and wife. hirty-three couplesmarried for at least 20 years, and at the time of their arriage the difference in their educational levels was at least six years or two academic degreeswere chosen from the three religious groups (19 Muslim couples, 10 hristian couples and 4 Druze couples). The methodology was qualitative, and in-depth interview was conducted with each participant. The studys findings indicate that educational compatibility between husband and wife was not a determining factor for men in choosing their future wives. Men who are more educated than their wives do not invest in womens education, while women make the upgrading of their husbands education their major marital project. This study shows that patriarchal values in Arab families supersede other modernizing factors such as education or occupation of women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-180
Number of pages27
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2010


  • Arab couples
  • educational gaps
  • patriarchal values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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