Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Women leaders and the power of organizing: Six educator activists in the Progressive Era
by Goodwin, Sheilia R., Ph.D., Indiana University, 2009, 261; 3358978
Abstract (Summary)

A comparative historical approach provides insight into ways in which six women educator activists perceived the world and their professions, the plans they made to bring about changes—especially in terms of professional education—and the consequences of the changes that were made as a result of their efforts. Two professional fields—teaching and nursing—are compared to identify both common and unique characteristics. There were common characteristics in the fields and their paths often intersected. Women leaders influenced each other in their actions taken to improve the professional status of women through making changes in professional education, including setting policy and professional standards. In turn, these changes impacted the larger society by adding to professional practice within the fields. A contextual perspective—how the intellectual climate of the times impacted the ability of leaders to carry out their plans and how they in turn influenced the intellectual climate—is used in this study. In addition, an analysis of how these women were able to turn limited opportunities for women into vibrant professional roles is considered through social networks. Although context is always relevant for historical research, this study demonstrates ways in which the context precipitated the need for networks to achieve outcomes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sutton, Margaret R., Warren, Donald R.
Commitee: Arnove, Robert F., Denzin, Norman K.
School: Indiana University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 70/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Education history, Nursing, Higher education
Keywords: Educator activists, Nursing, Progressive Era, Women leaders
Publication Number: 3358978
ISBN: 9781109183986
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