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Taking women seriously : lessons and legacies for educating the majority
Tidball, M. Elizabeth.
Publication Information:
Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxvi, 228 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Women's colleges within the context of American higher education -- Three major ways of knowing provide lessons from women's colleges -- Legacies from women's colleges serve as institutional models -- Women's colleges and the meaning of taking women seriously.
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1460 Lexile.
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LC1756 .T26 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Over the past 25 years, research findings have continued to underscore the direct and positive impact of women's colleges--institutions where the academic aspirations of women are the focus of the entire educational community. This book identifies the distinctive characteristics that make these colleges preeminent contributors of achieving women to the wider society. The authors also explain how the lessons and legacies of these institutions have the potential to enhance the education environment at all colleges.

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Choice Review

Tidball and her associates have compiled a comprehensive synthesis of the data on the positive impact of women's colleges on their students. This book adds some valuable elements to a customary review of the literature. It begins with a few illustrative stories of the establishment of early women's colleges, nicely setting the tone of the book while giving a context for the material that follows. To supplement the summary of the primarily quantitative research, the authors include two qualitative case studies of women's colleges that capture the important subjective elements of these institutions. In order to make the narrative more fluid and compelling, detailed technical and methodological data are set aside into useful appendixes for readers seeking such information. A few shortcomings: there is some repetitiveness of themes toward the end of the volume, and occasionally descriptions of quantitative analysis are sketchy. Overall, the authors give a clear and detailed portrait of the unique qualities of women's colleges that lead to the consistently high success rate of their graduates. Recommended for all readership levels. N. E. Sacks; SUNY at Stony Brook

Table of Contents

Jill Ker Conway
List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
About the Authorsp. xiv
Introduction Writing History Differentlyp. xix
Part 1 Women's Colleges within the Context of American Higher Educationp. 1
Chapter 1 From Vision to Realityp. 3
Chapter 2 A Half Century of Changep. 19
Part 2 Three Major Ways of Knowing Provide Lessons from Women's Collegesp. 31
Chapter 3 Measures of Successp. 33
Chapter 4 Making a Significant Differencep. 55
Chapter 5 A Look Insidep. 71
Part 3 Legacies from Women's Colleges Serve As Institutional Modelsp. 103
Chapter 6 New Legacies from the Campusp. 105
Chapter 7 Builders, Benefactors, and Volunteersp. 119
Part 4 Women's Colleges and the Meaning of Taking Women Seriouslyp. 131
Chapter 8 Priorities, Patterns, and Principlesp. 133
Additional Resourcesp. 143
Supplement to
Chapter 1 Connecting with Global Issuesp. 145
Supplement to
Chapter 2 Tracking Frames of Referencep. 153
Supplement to
Chapter 3 From Baccalaureate Origins to Institutional Productivity 162
Supplement to
Chapter 4 Social Science Approaches to Studying College Impact 182
Supplement to
Chapter 5 A Look Inside A Look Insidep. 193
Referencesp. 201
Indexp. 213