Changing Education

Women as Radicals and Conservators

Edited by Joyce Antler & Sari Knopp Biklen

Subjects: Women's Studies, Education
Series: SUNY series, Feminist Theory in Education
Paperback : 9780791402344, 388 pages, July 1990
Hardcover : 9780791402337, 388 pages, July 1990

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Table of contents


Joyce Antler and Sari Knopp Biklen

Part I: The Educated Woman: Challenges and Visions

1. Educating Women Students for the Future
Nannerl O. Keohane

2. The Contradiction of the Educated Woman
Jane Roland Martin

Part II: Mothers, Teachers, Children, and Change

3. "A Vocation from on High": Kindergartning as an Occupation for American Women
Barbara Beatty

4. Women Educating Women: The Child Study Association as Women's Culture
Roberta Wollons

5. Black Women's Education in the South: The Dual Burdens of Sex and Race
Elizabeth L. Ihle

Part III: Informal Contexts of Women's Education

6. Losing Birth: The Erosion of Women's Control Over and Knowledge About Birth, 1650–1900
Janet Carlisle Bogdan

7. Women Journalist and the Women's Page of the Jewish Daily Forward: A Case Study of Informal Education for Immigrant Woman
Maxine Schwartz Seller

8. Taking Our Maternal Bodies Back: Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Boston Women's Health Book Collective
Robbie Pfeufer Kahn

Part IV: Patterns of Women's Lives After College

9. Education, Work, Family, and Public Commitment in the Lives of Radcliffe Alumnae, 1883–1928
Barbara Miller Solomon, with Patricia M. Nolan

10. The Impact of Higher Education upon Career and Family Choices: Simmons College Alumnae, 1906–1926
Kathleen Dunn

11. Race and College Differences in Life Patterns of Educated Women, 1934–1982
Janet Z. Giele and Mary Gilfus

Part V. Feminist Teaching in Theory and Practice

12. Valuing Diversity: Teaching about Sexual Preference in a Radical/Conserving Curriculum
Laurie Crumpacker and Eleanor M. Vander Haegen

13. You've Got to Stay There and Fight: Sex Equity, Schooling, and Work
Kathleen Weiler

Part VI: Gender, Professionalism, and Social Change

14. Weeding Women Out of "Woman's True Profession": The Effects of the Reforms on Teaching and Teachers
Sara Freedman

15. Black Women, Interpersonal Support, and Institutional Change
Diane S. Pollard

16. Visions and Competencies: An Educational Agenda for Exploring Ethical and Intellectual Dimensions of Decision-Making and Conflict Negotiation
Nona P. Lyons

17. Shaping the Change: The Need for a New Culture in Higher Education
Margaret A. McKenna





"By combining history, theory, philosophy, case studies and monographs with broader issues, Changing Education shows how educational experience and knowledge are deeply gendered. One of its strengths—indeed the excitement of women's studies in general—is its breadth and interdisciplinary nature. It pays attention to such issues in feminist theory andwomen's studies as women's culture and the sameness versus difference debate; at the same time it provides a wealth of information and new material that is not available elsewhere. " — Susan Ware, New York University

"It highlights gender as a cultural phenomenon, showing that women's experience in education has been shaped by gender-specific stereotypes and concepts. At the same time, the essays show how women used gender categories to their own advantage to create new lines of work (such as kindergarten teaching and child study activity) or to overcome societal prejudice by way of collective action (such as the Boston Women's Health Collective).

"It makes an important contribution to the debate about women's culture versus women's politics, showing the significance of each; e. g., the women's page of the Jewish Daily Foreword as a vehicle for women's (traditional) culture and contemporary committed feminism. I think you have a winner here. " — Ann J. Lane, Colgate University