Certified Women: Professional Program Curriculum at the Macdonald Institute for Domestic Science in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 1903-1920
Keywords:History of Cirriculum, Higher Education, Women's Education, 20th Century, Domestic Science Education, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Macdonald Institute for Domestic Science, Mary Wilson, HIC, 2008, 2009
Curriculum, as both practice and text, is a medium for negotiating and defining preferred roles, practices, perspectives, and knowledge sets. The generation and implementation of curriculum in the domestic science teacher certification and professional housekeeping programs at the Macdonald Institute for Domestic Science was instrumental in defining emerging professions and subjectivities for women at the turn of the twentieth century. They tied women to familiar spheres of influence while allowing them to extend that influence into the public realm.