Founding Mothers and Others: Women Educational Leaders During the Progressive Era

Founding Mothers and Others: Women Educational Leaders During the Progressive Era




Interest in progressive education and feminist pedagogy has gained a significant following in current educational reform circles. Founding Mothers and Others examines the female founders of progressive schools and other female educational leaders in the early twentieth century and their schools or educational movements. All of the women led remarkable lives and their legacies are embedded in education today. The book examines the lessons to be learned from their work and their lives. The book also analyzes whether their leadership styles support contemporary feminist theories of leadership that argue women administrators tend to be more inclusive, democratic, and caring than male administrators. Through an examination of these women, this book looks critically at the ways in which the leaders’ administrative styles and behaviors lend support to feminist claims.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312232979
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alan R. Sadovnik is Professor of Education and Sociology and Chair of the Department of Education and Academic Foundations at Rutgers University-Newark. He is the editor (with Susan Semel) of “Schools of Tomorrow,” Schools of Today.

Susan F. Semel is Associate Professor in the School of Education at the City College of New York. She is the author of The Dalton School, one of the seminal histories of the progressive school movement in the United States.

Table of Contents

1.Charlotte Hawkins Brown and the Palmer Institute7
2.Marietta Johnson and the Organic School19
3.Margaret Naumburg and the Walden School37
4.Caroline Pratt and the City and Country School61
5.Helen Parkhurst and the Dalton School77
6.Elsie Ripley Clapp and the Arthurdale Schools93
7.Carmelita Chase Hinton and the Putney School111
8.Flora J. Cooke and the Francis W. Parker School125
9.Margaret Haley: Progressive Education and the Teacher147
10.Ella Flagg Young and the Chicago Schools163
11.Laura Bragg and the Charleston Museum177
12.Charl Williams and the National Education Association201
13.And Gladly Would She Learn: Margaret Willis and the Ohio State University School217
14.From Susan Isaacs to Lillian Weber and Deborah Meier: A Progressive Legacy in England and the United States237

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