ERIC Number: EJ1121740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Education and the Working-Class Girl of the 1970s: Reconstructing the Theoretical Field of Carolyn Steedman's "The Tidy House"
History of Education, v46 n1 p94-107 2017
This article asks historians of education to think about the influences that we bring to bear on our work. It uses, as an example, Carolyn Steedman's book "The Tidy House: Little Girls Writing" (1982). "The Tidy House" set out to interpret a short story written by three primary school girls in Britain in 1976. Steedman contextualised this source against the backdrop of modern children's writing and childhood experience in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. Viewing the book itself as a source, this article explores the intellectual background (the 'theoretical field') that gave its ideas meaning. This involves looking at the historiographical surroundings of the author, such as Marxism and feminism, in a wider lens. It also entails a consideration of how "The Tidy House" relates to educational thought today--as well as to key issues tackled by some of the most celebrated historians of education in the last 40 years.
Descriptors: Working Class, Womens Education, Educational History, Books, Literary Genres, Elementary School Students, Females, Writing (Composition), Experience, Historiography, Political Attitudes, Feminism, Context Effect, Authors, Mothers, Role Playing, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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