Women Studying Childcare

Integrating Lives Through Adult Education

Paperback / softback, 194 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
31 May 2011
Trentham Books Ltd

Price: £20.99

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Through rich personal narratives, Hazel R. Wright reveals how women studying childcare use education to balance a need to be both mothers and workers, and how they manage stasis and change. Informed by data collected from 150 students enrolled on a diploma course in an FE college over a ten-year period, the book challenges the assumption that vocational education cannot embrace broader liberal goals. With its fascinating personalised insights and new theoretical perspectives, it illustrates how the women exercise their right to determine their own lifestyle. "Women Studying Childcare" is for early years workers and managers, adult students and the staff who teach them. It opens with an informative historical overview and concludes with a concept catalogue of the ideas borrowed from sociology, psychology and economics used in education books.

  • Hazel Wright

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."

Erin J. Careless, Mount Saint Vincent University (2012), Studies in Continuing Education, 34:2, 229-230

"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."

Annette Braun, Gender and Education, 24:2, 243-244