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Telling Stories in Book Clubs: Women Teachers and Professional Development


reviewed by Johanna Aitken — June 03, 2009

coverTitle: Telling Stories in Book Clubs: Women Teachers and Professional Development
Author(s): Mary Kooy
Publisher: Springer Publishing,
ISBN: 0387339264, Pages: 244, Year: 2007
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It is a pleasure to respond to Telling Stories in Book Clubs by Mary Kooy (2006). Telling indeed are the stories it contains. The book rings true, making it rare among much teacher-driven narrative research. There is scarcely a false note, no twisting and torturing of texts, participants, events and data until the desired ends are crunched into being. The integrity of this book insists upon an honest appraisal: its tone–in dealings both personal and professional–will not suffer a glib reply. It requires a response in kind. In short, for all its scholarly exactitude, Kooy has dared to be direct, to name names and reveal what really can happen at the intersection of women teachers’ reading and living–that point at which life and literature converge, imply each other and refuse to be considered apart. Books and women collide and connect: sparks fly inward and outward.  I will try to do... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 03, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15649, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 10:43:27 PM

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  • Johanna Aitken
    University of Toronto
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    JOHANNA (JO) AITKEN is Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto. She was on faculty at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and held cross appointments to the graduate department of English and the Graduate Centre for the Study of Religion. Her current teaching at the University of Toronto includes courses on “Girls and Women in Fiction and Film,” “Mythology, Legend, Folk and Fairy Tale for Everyday Use” and three courses on Henry James. Her research includes a longitudinal study of teachers from pre-service through the first five years of teaching. She has publications galore, a few of which she is still content to acknowledge and is a member in good standing of “The Grandparents”—the best club on earth.
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