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ERIC Number: EJ721414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
Vocation, Career and Character in Early Twentieth-Century Women Teachers' Work in City Schools
Whitehead, Kay
History of Education, v34 n6 p579-597 Nov 2005
This paper discusses representations of women teachers' work in early twentieth-century state schools, especially well-qualified and experienced women who taught in the city of Adelaide, South Australia. While there is a range of discourses that could be applied to these members of the profession, the paper focuses on three discourses in particular--vocation, character and career--that are registered in many texts of the era. The paper begins with an exploration of these discourses, pointing to ways in which they have shifted across time and demonstrating that they interweave to form a matrix within which the teacher-self can be constituted. Then it shows how each of the discourses was manifested in the recruitment and training of teachers, their daily work, particularly in the classrooms of city schools, and in the rewards, material and otherwise, that were said to attend the profession. (Contains 113 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia