Wise and Foolish Virgins

Wise and Foolish Virgins : White Women, Identity, Performance, and Expectation in the Feminized Profession

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Wise and Foolish Virgins: White Women at Work in the Feminized World of Primary School Teaching by Sally Campbell Galman asks the question, what does it mean for an entire profession to be numerically dominated by white women, and what is the relationship between teacher preparation and professional feminization? The book tells the story of three very different teacher preparation programs, explores the hopes and struggles of the mostly white, female students in those programs, and opens a window upon the closed world of teacher educators themselves who must straddle multiple worlds and multiple masters. With one foot in ancient allegory and the other in contemporary popular culture, this text addresses the complex ecologies of gender identity and negotiation between student teachers, teacher educators, and policy-makers against the politicized backdrop of pop culture feminization and the unique contours of homogenization in the emerging elementary teaching force.show more

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  • Paperback
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • 0739147722
  • 9780739147726

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Dr. Sally Galman's book cleverly combines story, metaphor, and research to shed new light on the gendered nature of the teaching profession. This book is a provocative read for anyone interested in how gendered teaching identities are taken up and performed by white, middle-class, heterosexual females who dominate the profession.--J. Camille Cammack, University of Massachusettsshow more

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