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ERIC Number: EJ993337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
Society, Education and the State: Gender Perspectives on an Old Debate
Watts, Ruth
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v49 n1 p17-33 2013
An examination of recent gender scholarship demonstrates how a gendered lens has contributed to the debates on society, the state and education. Using local and international examples mostly from about 1880 to 1930, this paper will investigate how gendered perceptions coloured the provision of education, what we mean by "the state" and how much and what type of education it and other bodies have provided for females in different contexts. Following this, it will examine the growth of women in teaching, the challenges and limitations which beset them, the opportunities that were opened up to them and how far they and other women achieved authority and/or expertise in education in schools, colleges, educational administration and management, or as leaders and thinkers. This will illustrate the gendered thinking underlying much state education, but also show women as agents, building up networks and communities of women involved in education in multifarious ways, including transnational education. At the same time it can be seen that this has often belied imperialistic imperatives and ethnic condescension. Moving between local examples from Birmingham and Britain and international examples principally from English-speaking scholarship, the importance of gender history is argued because it reveals educational experiences and tiers of educational initiatives, practice and administration often neglected yet significant in education, while at the same time raising new questions. It does not just bring females into history, but understands history in a different and deeper way. (Contains 102 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)