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

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An intricate and fascinating investigation of the lives and experiences of women in these important and increasingly archaic institutions of the early twentieth century. The book provides an overview of the historical context of the development of the colleges and focuses on the histories of three colleges in particular: Homerton, Avery Hill and Bishop Otter. IWomen in Teacher Training Colleges, 1900-1960 is an essential contribution to women's history and gives a unique insight into this neglected aspect of ...
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Overview

An intricate and fascinating investigation of the lives and experiences of women in these important and increasingly archaic institutions of the early twentieth century. The book provides an overview of the historical context of the development of the colleges and focuses on the histories of three colleges in particular: Homerton, Avery Hill and Bishop Otter. IWomen 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)
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Table of Contents

List of figures ix
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction 1
1 The historical context 5
2 The culture of femininity 23
3 The role of woman principal 48
4 The staff: academic and cultural enhancement 91
5 Sexuality 115
6 The last days of the women's college: the 1950s 140
7 Conclusion 167
Notes 173
Bibliography 197
Index 205
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