ERIC Number: ED323008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
The Many Roles of Women in Early Childhood Education: From J. A. Comenius to Family Day Caregiver.
Ranck, Edna Runnels
Myths related to four questions regarding women's roles in early childhood education and society are described, and underlying assumptions for each question are examined. It is argued that each of the myths has served to restrict, deprive, neglect, or distort the development of women and their relationships. Recommendations for overcoming each myth are offered. The questions are: (1) What are the fundamental and universal characteristics of persons responsible for rearing and educating young children? (2) Why have women's roles in early education and society as a whole been linked so closely and for so long to the biology and sociology of the home? (3) How can the roles of men and women in the development of the field of early childhood education be understood as complementary rather than as an adversarial dichotomy? (4) Is today's family day care home a continuation of Comenius' 17th century school of infancy, or is it a new and different thing? These questions address, respectively, myths of equality by association, logical extension, the false dichotomy, and the "rose by any other name." It is concluded that the field of family day care offers women a radical role in personal and professional development. A selected bibliography with 8 items supplements a reference list with 41 items. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the International Standing Committee for the History of Education (12th, Prague, Czechoslovakia, August 23-24, 1990).