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ERIC Number: ED412193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-25
Pages: 24
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Gender (In)forms Self Images: The Case of Five Male Secondary Science Teachers.
Letts, William J., IV
The starting point of this study is a post-structural feminist position that asks questions in order to examine the social conditions of a group from the participants' perspective and experience. The five participants in this study were working in a traditionally feminized field (teaching), but their subject matter (science) has been traditionally masculinized. Four recurring themes appeared in the data from transcribed interviews: (1) contradictory self-descriptions, i.e., the teachers described how they perceived themselves by explaining what they were not; (2) issues of control, i.e., control over students, control over their jobs, and even loss of control; (3) notions of autonomy, which centered around the teachers' movement into the profession, decision making, and the politics of their departments relative to other departments; (4) these teachers' views about the epistemology of science and their place within science. All five teachers described science in a mechanistic, experiment-driven way, akin to the traditional masculinist representations of the domain. (Contains 33 references). (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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