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Opening Minds, Improving Lives
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Juanita was seventeen years old and pregnant with her first child when she began an activity that would "open" her mind. Living in a remote Garifuna village in Honduras, Juanita had dropped out of school after the sixth grade. In 1996, a new educational program, Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial (Tutorial Learning System or SAT), was started in her community. The program helped her see the world differently and open a small business.


Empowering women through education has become a top priority of international development efforts. Erin MurphyGraham draws on more than a decade of qualitative research to examine the experiences of Juanita and eighteen other women who participated in the SAT program. Their narratives suggest the simple yet subtle ways education can spark the empowerment process, as well as the role of men and boys in promoting gender equality.


Drawing on indepth interviews and classroom observation in Honduras and Uganda, MurphyGraham shows the potential of the SAT program to empower women through expanded access and improved quality of secondary education in Latin America and Africa. An appendix provides samples of the classroom lessons.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. iii-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. On Gender, Education, and Empowerment
  2. pp. 9-29
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  1. 2. SAT as Empowering Education
  2. pp. 30-50
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  1. 3. "SAT Came to My Feet, It Came to My Doorstep": Understanding the Context of SAT Implementation in Honduras
  2. pp. 51-70
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  1. 4. "My Mind Is Different": Developing Confidence and Critical Perspectives through SAT
  2. pp. 71-92
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  1. 5. Taking Life by the Reins: Steps toward Self- and Social Betterment
  2. pp. 93-109
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  1. 6. Behind Closed Doors: Examining the Influence of Education on Women's Intimate Relationships
  2. pp. 110-132
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  1. 7. Conclusion
  2. pp. 133-152
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  1. Epilogue: SAT in Africa
  2. pp. 153-168
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  1. Appendix: Examples from SAT/PSA Textbooks
  2. pp. 169-194
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 195-198
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 199-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-218
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