Sounds from the Heart is about girls-their learning, their social dilemmas, their dreams, hopes, and fears-and one teacher's struggle to help them reach their full potential. Maureen Barbieri's book takes a careful, deliberate, and often disturbing look at the experiences of a group of adolescent girls as they are nudged into meaningful literacy. Because she recognizes in herself a desire to avoid conflict at all costs, Maureen must work hard to take on the specific needs of girls. Her students collaborate with her to become curriculum builders as they explore such loaded issues as duplicity, vengeance, and homophobia in their literature and especially in their writing and talking.Maureen invites readers to ask new questions about curriculum, evaluation, co-education, choice, risk, and conflict. In a final chapter, she examines the more common classroom situation- boys and girls together-and suggests innovative ways to ensure that girls' voices continue to be heard.Sounds from the Heart is essential reading for any teacher, administrator, or student concerned about the ways girls learn.
In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development
This is the little book that started a revolution, making women's voices heard, in their own right and with their own integrity, for virtually the first time in social scientific theorizing about women. Its impact was immediate and continues to this day, in the academic world and beyond. In a Different Voice has inspired new research, new educational initiatives, and political debate—and helped many women and men to see themselves and each other in a different light. Carol Gilligan believes that psychology has persistently and systematically misunderstood women—their motives, their moral commitments, the course of their psychological growth, and their special view of what is important in life. The result is truly a tour de force, which may well reshape much of what psychology now has to say about female experience.
Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap
The classic account of the hurdles facing adolescent girls in America—now reissued with a new Foreword, to coincide with the award-winning author's new book on women and identity.Inspired by a study by the American Association of University Women that showed girls' self-esteem plummeting as they reach adolescence, Peggy Orenstein spent months observing, interviewing, and getting know dozens of girls both inside and outside the classroom at two very different schools in northern California. The result was a groundbreaking book in which she brought the disturbing statistics to life with skill and flair of an experienced journalist. It continues to be read by all who care about how our schools and our society teach girls to shortchange themselves.
Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self
At age sixteen, Sara Shandler read Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia, the national bestseller that candidly explored the unique issues that challenge girls in their struggle toward womanhood. Moved by Pipher's insight yet driven to hear the unfiltered voices of today's adolescent girls, Shandler yearned to speak for herself, and to provide a forum for other Ophelias to do so as well.A poignant collection of original pieces selected from more than eight hundred contributions, Ophelia Speaks culls writings from the hearts of girls nationwide, of various races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ranging in age from twelve to eighteen, the voices here offer a provocative and piercingly real view on issues public and private, from body image to boys, politics to parents, school to sex. Framing each chapter are Shandler's own personal reflections, offering both the comfort of a trusted friend and an honest perspective from within the whirlwind of adolescence. At once filled with heartbreak and hope, in these pages Ophelia speaks.