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ERIC Number: EJ814535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
Frocks, Frills, Femininity and Representations of the Woman Teacher in the Woman Teacher's World: Reconstructing the Early Twentieth Century English "Schoolmarm"
Robinson, Wendy
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v35 n2 p87-99 Sep 2003
Focusing on "The Woman Teacher's World" ("TWTW"), established in September 1911, this paper explores attempts through the educational press to reconstruct the professional identity of women teachers by celebrating the woman in the teacher. Criticising and rejecting deep-seated negative cultural stereotypes of the woman teacher, this journal seeks to promote a new, positive professional ideal. The paper is in four main parts. First the methodological basis for the study is discussed. Secondly, for contextual purposes, the rationale and purpose of "TWTW" is considered. Thirdly, the various constructions of the prototype "TWTW" reader, through a fictional teacher reader "Madge" is examined. Finally, drawing upon existing research on women teachers which highlights the inherent ambivalences of female professional identity, a discussion section is presented to examine whether the various embodiments of "Madge" in "TWTW" were contradictory or whether they offered a potentially coherent model. This article also explores connections between the early twentieth century overhaul of a professional image with current debates on the modernisation of the teaching profession. (Contains 32 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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