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|Title:||The Teacher in Fiction and Sociology|
|Advisor:||Dr. J. Synge, Dr. J. Ferns|
|Abstract:||<p>This project examines the portrayal of the teacher in novels and the extent to which sociological research supports the image of the teacher in fiction.</p> <p>The Introduction discusses a widely used approach to literary criticism and offers examples of scholars who have adopted a more sociological thrust in their work. It is suggested that the combining of literary and sociological methods enlarges our understanding of the classroom teacher.</p> <p>Chapter 1 deals with four novels in which female teachers are the principal characters. The characters are examined with an emphasis on their Iives as teachers. Salient characteristics are identified and some sociological implications are briefly discussed.</p> <p>The second chapter deals with male teachers. These teachers work in a variety of schools ranging from the English public school system to the inner cities of New York and London. Some points of comparison are drawn among the various teachers and the schools in which they teach.</p> <p>Chapter 3 introduces the sociological material on teachers. There is an historical assessment of the position of the female teacher during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The chapter proceeds with an examination of the woman teacher's character and her relations with her community. Reference is made to both fictional and actual teachers throughout.</p> <p>The last chapter deals with the male teacher using the points of reference employed in the previous chapter. Contrasts are indicated between male and female teachers in their views of teaching and the ways in which they interact with their peers and their community.</p> <p>The conclusion describes marked differences in the treatment of male and female teachers in fiction and sociology. Some under explored aspects of the teachers' professional Iives are examined and some suggestions for further study are made.</p>|
|Appears in Collections:||Open Access Dissertations and Theses|
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