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Salmah Kassim

Salmah Kassim


Certificate in Teaching (TESOL) – Lembah Pantai College of Education, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1988
Specialist Cert. in Teaching (TESOL) – Federal College of Education, Penang, Malaysia, 1993
BEd (Eng. Lit.) – University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand,1996
MA (Edu. Sociology) - Science University of Malaysia,Penang, Malaysia, 2004

Research Title

The Impact of International Experiences on Women’s Career Development: A Narrative Study

PhD Start

1 March 2017

Research Summary

The research, employing narrative inquiry, aims to explore the lived experiences of the Special Twinning Degree Programme (STDP) women educators, selected for training in New Zealand in 1990s. It also aims to provide insights and in-depth understandings of the concerns, issues and problems about women with international experiences and their careers in organisations, which confine and constrain women into specific and limited paths. The research is also concerned with the structure of opportunity, the way the STDP women make choices about their careers and the way these women define success and careers in their own terms. The existing insights offered by empirical literature on women’s careers are mostly in the western contexts. Thus, there is a need to explore the career pathing patterns in the non-western contexts.

Research Interests

Women’s Career Development; Feminist Issues and Concerns in Higher Education; Structure of Opportunity for Women; Women in Leadership; International Educational Experiences, Narrative Inquiry; Visual Methodology.


Dr Vivienne Anderson
Associate Professor Clinton Golding


Kassim, S. & Subramaniam, B. (2009). Attitudes towards statistical thinking among lecturers in a teachers’ training college. Research Journal, 1 (09), 131-139.