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Picturing an occupational identity: images of teachers in careers and trade union publications 1940-2000

Wall, Christine (2008) Picturing an occupational identity: images of teachers in careers and trade union publications 1940-2000. History of Education, 37 (2). pp. 317-340. ISSN 0046-760X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00467600701878038

Abstract

Visual sources in the form of teachers' journals and careers literature constitute an important part of the material culture of the teaching profession, and demand examination for their impact on occupational identity. The material allows for a range of interpretations and the approach taken here is speculative, in both methodologies and analysis. This paper examines how visual imagery, as a 'communicative symbol' and as a 'social fact', has actively contributed to the formation of gendered teacher identities. An analysis of the extensive archives available at the Trade Union Congress Library was central in revealing a set of recurring themes over a period of 60 years. This iconography was then located in its wider historical, pedagogical and cultural contexts and possible interpretations of these gendered representations of the occupational identity of teachers suggested.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
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