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ERIC Number: ED467308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Pages: 234
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Whistlin' and Crowin' Women of Appalachia: Literacy Development Since College.
Sohn, Katherine K.
Case studies of three nontraditional female college graduates from an Appalachian community in eastern Kentucky examined whether and how education changed these women's literacy habits. Also addressed were the literate practices they used in job, home, and community settings; the effects of their education on their children; and whether college-enhanced literacy helped them achieve their hopes after graduation. The researcher interviewed eight women over a 2-month period and chose three women to participate in case studies over 3 months. Another interview with participants and families plus observation of job literacy provided data on literacy use since college. In addition, case study participants provided archival material from work and home. Findings indicate that college influenced postcollege literacy by building confidence in literate skills missing from previous schooling, by exposing these women to technology and other life skills, and by moving them "from a passive to an active see themselves as an instrument of knowledge and influence." In addition, these women affected their children's education, though not as predicted, and achieved the hopes that first motivated their attending college. Though academic literacy comprised a small portion of literate practices in job, home, and community settings, results suggest that a college education, building on pre-existing literacy, transformed these women's lives and disproved the common adage that "whistlin' women and crowin' hens always come to no good ends." Nine appendices present research materials. (Contains 159 references.) (Author/TD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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