From Disadvantaged Girls To Successful Women: Education And Women's Resiliency

Hardcover | November 1, 1997

byPamela Lepage-Lees

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This book's most important goal is to explore styles of teaching and learning that can promote resiliency among women from disadvantaged backgrounds. These findings can be useful in affecting policy decisions as professionals begin the process of restructuring our educational system to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Higher education is now attempting to attract and encourage varied students and this book will provide educators with information not only about how to educate women from difficult backgrounds, but how women in this population have felt about their past, their success, and their schooling. The author provides insights into what disadvantaged women need and want from schools. The author conducted in-depth interviews with 21 academically high achieving women who were also disadvantaged as children, having faced multiple risk factors. Qualitative measures were used to explore how our education system has either assisted these women in their achievement or set up barriers to their success. The interpretations, however, go beyond simply listing what was "good" and "bad" in these women's education experiences. The results suggest patterns in their psychology and in the traditional social structures that discourage learning among certain populations. The author discusses the sociological and psychological barriers to education (especially higher education) for women who have experienced disadvantages.

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This book's most important goal is to explore styles of teaching and learning that can promote resiliency among women from disadvantaged backgrounds. These findings can be useful in affecting policy decisions as professionals begin the process of restructuring our educational system to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Hi...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 9.58 × 6.45 × 0.76 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275957527

ISBN - 13:9780275957520

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?The author writes sensitively and intelligently on this subject....The study will prove interesting and validating to the many women who have managed to achieve highly in the academic world in spite of the drag of poverty and familial dysfunction. It will provide many insights to educators who may encounter such women in their classes....Lepage-Lee's book should be read and taken seriously by all educators who wish to understand and assist such women and make their paths to a better life easier....The book is a highly recommended addition to academic libraries in institutions with women's studies and education departments.??Education Libraries