ABSTRACT

This book has argued that women’s personal accounts of their careers in primary and infant teaching and their interpretations and understandings of their experiences can be important sources of data in analyses of women and career. These narratives have to be situated in the wider contexts of changes in external conditions and of different labour market mechanisms and processes. At the same time, women’s accounts can give preliminary interpretations of how they considered such factors affected their careers. Then their interpretations of contexts can be viewed in the light of other sorts of data which may or may not confirm their understandings.