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Women in Teacher Training Colleges, 1900-1960: A Culture of Femininity
     

Women in Teacher Training Colleges, 1900-1960: A Culture of Femininity

by Elizabeth Edwards, Edwards Elizabe
 

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Women in Teacher Training Colleges, 1900-1960 is an intricate and fascinating investigation of the lives and experiences of women in these important educational institutions of the early twentieth century. The book provides an overview of the historical context of the development of the colleges, using detailed case studies of three colleges: Homerton,

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Women in Teacher Training Colleges, 1900-1960 is an intricate and fascinating investigation of the lives and experiences of women in these important educational institutions of the early twentieth century. The book provides an overview of the historical context of the development of the colleges, using detailed case studies of three colleges: Homerton, Avery Hill and Bishop Otter.
Drawing on a wealth of archival material, primary and secondary sources, and on the oral testimonies of former pupils and staff, the book examines the following key themes:
*the changing social class of women students
*the colleges culture of femininity drawn from the family organization and social practices of the middle-class home
*the conflicting public and private roles of the woman principal
*the role of the college staff and the residential context of college life
*women's sexuality
*the last days of the womens colleges.Women in Teacher Training Colleges, 1900-1960 is an essential contribution to women's history and gives a unique insight into this neglected aspect of women's experiences in the twentieth century.

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In the first half of the 20th century, women accounted for three- quarters of the elementary school teachers in England and Wales. (It would be interesting to know the current percentage.) Based primarily on archival sources, interviews, and questionnaire responses, this analysis helps redress the patriarchal bias of major studies of British teacher training by rescuing from obscurity the residential colleges which trained these women. The author discusses their middle-class culture, the roles of woman principal and staff, and changing sexual mores which contributed to the colleges' demise. Illustrations feature heads of these institutions (namely, Avery Hill, Bishop Otter, and Homerton Colleges). The author's affiliation is unspecified. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415214766
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Women's and Gender History Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.40(d)

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