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Servants of the Poor: Teachers and Mobility in Ireland and America


reviewed by Gary Granville 2005

coverTitle: Servants of the Poor: Teachers and Mobility in Ireland and America
Author(s): Janet Nolan
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, IN
ISBN: 0268036608, Pages: 191, Year: 2004
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Servants of the Poor tells a story of immigrants, of women, and of teachers. It is marked by the scholarship of a historian, the commitment of a feminist, and the heart of a teacher. Emigration was perhaps the single most debilitating feature of life in Ireland from the mid-19th century to the end of the 20th. Just about every family was touched by it. This study by Janet Nolan is a valuable contribution to the general history of the Irish diaspora, but it has two particular points of further interest. First, it has a specific focus on Irish women who emigrated from their homeland to America. Second, it locates these women in terms of their early education in Ireland and of their own or their children’s subsequent careers in teaching in America. “Get a good education. No one can ever take that away from you. . . . Go to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1506-1509
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11796, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 6:48:53 AM

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  • Gary Granville
    National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland
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    GARY GRANVILLE is Professor of Education and Head of the Education Faculty in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. A member of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), he is on the Advisory Group for the major national project on Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century (TL21), based in NUI, Maynooth (2004), and of the NCCA committee on senior cycle education. He is Research Director with the Irish Youth Foundation. He is currently (2004/05) carrying out an evaluation of the national Support Service for Irish schools . He also has extensive experience in working on EU projects and research networks. He has acted as EU External Consultant with the South African Qualifications Authority on different projects since 2001. Recent publications include "Politics and partnership in curriculum planning in Ireland" in Curriculum and Ideology (ed. Sugrue, Liffey Press, 2004), "The National Qualifications Framework and the shaping of a new South Africa", SAQA Bulletin 6, 1, 2004 and "Stop making sense: chaos and coherence in the formulation of the Irish qualifications framework," Journal of Education and Work, 16, 3.
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