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ERIC Number: ED441795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 33
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Revisiting the Work of Caring: Analyzing, Adjusting, and Abstaining.
Whitaker, Martha L.
This paper describes a study that examined caring as it occurred in both the private and public endeavors of mothers who were studying to become elementary teachers. The study involved interviews with 36 mother-students, informal conversations with 30 respondents, and observations in 30 student teaching classrooms, and 5 observations of university classrooms. Some interviews included family members. Interviews examined the realities of respondents' daily lives. Results indicate that there was a conflict between perceptions of the compatibility of mothering and teaching and the overwhelming dual workload generated as the mother-students shouldered the responsibilities of caring at home and going to school. Respondents revealed the level of organizational effort required to keep their private sphere responsibilities flowing. Both parenting and teaching required high levels of energy. Exhaustion was a hallmark of their experiences. Respondents' responsibilities in the home were more easily adjusted than responsibilities in the public sphere, though they still handled the bulk of domestic responsibilities at home and were ambivalent in working to share the job of caring at home with their husbands. They negotiated very little at school to adjust their workloads. (Contains 44 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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