Through its rich and absorbing case studies, this book portrays three elementary classrooms from a feminist perspective. These classrooms demonstrate to readers the complexity of issues that teachers face over the challenges of gender and identity issues. Life stories of the three teachers, who are all feminists, enrich the analysis and present diverse perspectives. One teacher is white, one is African American, and one is a lesbian who has come out to her students and colleagues. In different ways the three teachers face the challenges of teaching, establishing rules, developing relationships, and working to transform the curriculum. Their classrooms provide a context for the rethinking of contemporary issues, complex educational problems, and promising ideas for teaching practice. Both experienced teachers and student teachers will find these studies sources for reflection and inspiration.
Carla Washburne Rensenbrink, a classroom teacher for eighteen years, has taught classes in education and feminist teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the University of New Hampshire.