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The Structure and Agency of Women’s Education


reviewed by Alison Mackinnon — April 30, 2008

coverTitle: The Structure and Agency of Women’s Education
Author(s): Mary Ann Maslak (Ed.)
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791472760, Pages: 277, Year: 2007
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Education is widely credited as a transforming element in women’s lives as those who fought for women’s admission to schools and universities in the nineteenth century knew all too well. There are many in the developing world who resist education for women for precisely that reason, preferring women to fulfil their traditional roles or favoring boys’ education where resources are scarce. This wide ranging edited collection attempts “to shed light on the intimate relationship between education and development in comparative terms” (p. xiii). Unusually it does so by focusing on adolescent girls and young women, a group for whom education is by no means a given. Mary Ann Maslak claims that interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to educational policies, programs and practice will reveal the complexities pertaining to this group. Her volume certainly makes that complexity clear as we are drawn into the lives of adolescent girls and young women in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 30, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15244, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 4:32:05 AM

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  • Alison Mackinnon
    University of South Australia
    ALISON MACKINNON is a Professor Emerita of History and Gender Studies at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. Her major interests include the history of women’s education, women’s education in contemporary settings, and the impact of women’s education on their family formation and professional lives. Her 1997 book Love and Freedom: Professional women and the reshaping of personal life (Cambridge University Press) won the New South Wales Premier’s Literary award. She is currently writing a history of women graduates of the 1950s and early 1960s in Australia and the US.
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