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Learning Together: A History of Coeducation in American Public Schools


reviewed by Barbara Beatty 1992

coverTitle: Learning Together: A History of Coeducation in American Public Schools
Author(s): David B. Tyack, Elizabeth Hansot
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation, New York
ISBN: 0871548887, Pages: , Year: 1990
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At the end of their new history of coeducation in American public schools, David Tyack and Elizabeth Hansot observe that those who stress differences between the sexes are more likely to view schools as male- or female-dominated environments, while those who emphasize similarities between the sexes are more likely to see schools as gender neutral. Tyack and Hansot are clearly in the latter category. In Learning Together they describe American public schools as relatively egalitarian enclaves in which girls and boys have been treated more identically and fairly in relation to gender than in their adult lives or in much of the rest of society. Tyack and Hansot’s explanation is that this egalitarianism occurred primarily for pragmatic, economic reasons. It was easier and cheaper to educate girls and boys together in one-room district schools and even in urban high schools, which they found to have been smaller than they expected. Practicality... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 93 Number 4, 1992, p. 731-733
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 298, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 10:57:24 PM

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