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ERIC Number: EJ1005858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 57
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-6239-6008-7
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
Using Microbiography to Understand the Occupational Careers of American Teachers, 1900-1950
Gough, Robert J.
American Educational History Journal, v39 n1 p15-32 2012
This article will briefly narrate illustrative life stories of some of the 450 men and women who taught in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, between 1919 and 1949 and identify and explain how they employed these options to build occupational pathways. Taken together, these "microbiographies" show patterns in the life trajectories of ordinary people. They contain stories that are temporally and spatially dynamic--as such, they can be reconstructed only because of the recent ability of historians to electronically search newspapers, the Census, and genealogical records, and to follow ordinary individuals as they moved into different types of communities around the United States (Putnam 2006). Chippewa Falls is a good base site for this sort of analysis: during the interwar decades it was such smaller cities that sought to balance the small town with the metropolis, modernity with traditionalism. They were places where urban, rural, immigrant, and native-born cultures interacted. These microbiographies of Chippewa Falls teachers in the first half of the twentieth century can help explain the connections, and resultant strategies for occupational advancement, that developed at the intersection of these two occupational environments. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin