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ERIC Number: EJ718716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
Women's Associations and the Origins of the Social Studies: Volunteers, Professionals, and the Community Civics Curriculum, 1890-1920
Woyshner, Christine
International Journal of Social Education, v18 n2 p15-26 Fall-Win 2003-2004
This article will follow Gerda Lerner's line of thinking in regard to the conceptualization of women in history, since women as a group are not necessarily "visible among those making decisions." The challenge, according to Lerner, is to examine the traditional sources in social studies history for "androcentric bias... [and] seek to counteract such bias by seeking primary sources which provide women's points of view." A readily available collection of primary source documents that speaks to the history of curriculum is found in women's club papers, and in particular the proceedings of the NEA's Department of Women's Organizations (1909-1921). These official documents, reports, and papers represent women volunteers' thinking about ideas similar to those that appear in the community civics sources and suggest possible areas of influence. The intent, however, is not to claim causality. Rather, it is to add another dimension, or context, to the existing history in order to show how difficult it can be to parse the ideas of the wider public from professionals in the history of curriculum. (Contains 74 notes.)
International Journal of Social Education, Department of History-BB209, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 47306. Tel: 765-285-8621; Fax: 765-285-5612; e-mail:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States