Integrating Lives Through Adult Education
- Paperback / softback, 194 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
- 31 May 2011
- Trentham Books Ltd
Ch 1: Introducing the research project Ch 2: Putting policy in perspective Ch 3: Committing to a career in childcare Ch 4: Making choices in real life Ch 5: Recalling experiences and expectations Ch 6: Examining educational practices Ch 7: Considering the consequences of studying Ch 8: Meeting women's needs, heeding women's strengths Concept catalogue
"This informative, well-written book tells the stories of women who are studying childcare as mature students in the United Kingdom. [It adds] a human element to the growing discourse around professionalism and standards (p. 1) and draw attention to the ways in which women are living complicated, integrated lives as mothers, wives, students, and employees...Beneficial to the work of those involved in educational policy, childcare and early years education, women s studies, and adult education, this book creates a space for discourse around women s multiple roles, and the value placed on childcare."
"Her commitment to the personal and social growth of the students is palpable throughout the book and it is refreshing to read about a study that emphasises the positive and enabling aspects of working in childcare, but personally I found her analysis more rewarding when I was reading it with, rather than against, other critically informed studies of childcare. Regardless, the book presents a welcome addition to contemporary research and writing on childcare and those working within it by emphasising the biographical and contextual, rather than merely the professional aspects of working with young children."