From Finishing School to Feminist Academy: The Impact of the Changing Social Construction of Gender on Education in a Private Girls’ School in Western Australia 1945 – 1997

By Karen Lois Marais.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This study aims to investigate the changes in the social construction of gender in a Christian girls' school (1945-97)and the impact of these on gendered identity and post-school aspirations.

Keywords: Social Construction of Gender, Notions of Femininity, Female Educational Experience in Private Elite Christian Schools, Intergenerational Perspectives, Models of Education

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.35-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.769MB).

Ms Karen Lois Marais

Karen has worked in Secondary and Tertiary levels of education in South Africa, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Most of her studies were completed at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg)where she worked in the English Department. She also held a Senior Lectureship at the Johannesburg College of Education and was Senior Literature coordinator and teacher at St. Hilda's Anglican School for Girls in Perth. At present Karen teaches in the Graduate School of Education and holds a Bachelor of Arts(Honours) degree; Diploma of Education and Master of Arts (English Language and Literature). Her research areas have included gender issues,cultural identity,post-colonial texts and discourse analysis with a particular emphasis on secondary education for girls. Her Doctoral thesis focusses on the impact of changing social constructions of gender on education in a private girls' school in Western Australia. This case study is set against a background of significant change in Western Australian education where changes in gender constructions have shaped the models of education offered to girls and boys in state and private schools.


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