Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward

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This collection of essays traces the evolution of feminist pedagogy over the past twenty years, exploring both its theoretical and its practical dimensions.

Feminist pedagogy is defined as a set of epistemological assumptions, teaching strategies, approaches to content, classroom practices, and teacher-student relationships grounded in feminist theory. To apply this philosophy in the classroom, the editors maintain that feminist scholars must critically engage in dialogue and reflection about both what and how they teach, as well as how who they are affects how they teach. In identifying the themes and tensions within the field and in questioning why feminist pedagogy is particularly challenging in some educational environments, these articles illustrate how and why feminist theory is practiced in all kinds of classrooms.

In exploring feminist pedagogy in all its complexities, the contributors identify the practical applications of feminist theory in teaching practices, classroom dynamics, and student-teacher relationships. This volume will help readers develop theoretically grounded classroom practices informed by the advice and experience of fellow practitioners and feminist scholars.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Education for Teaching - Marie-Pierre Moreau

A welcome addition to a growing scholarship... This book represents overall an accessible and challenging reading and, as such, would be of interest both to students and academics with a keen interest in gender issues in the classroom.

Signs - Jessica L. Willis

Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward is a valuable work that addresses prominent trends in discussions first raised within the NWSA Journal from 1989 to 2002.

Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward is a valuable work that addresses prominent trends in discussions first raised within the NWSA Journal from 1989 to 2002.

— Jessica L. Willis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801892769
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Series: A Feminist Formations Reader Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 753,541
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robbin D. Crabtree is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of communication at Fairfield University. David Alan Sapp is an associate professor of English and coordinator of the professional writing program at Fairfield University. Adela C. Licona is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Arizona.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Passion and the Praxis of Feminist Pedagogy Robbin D. Crabtree David Alan Sapp Adela C. Licona 1

Part I Feminist Pedagogical Theory and Praxis

1 Authority Dale M. Bauer 23

2 Resisting "the Dominance of the Professor": Gendered Teaching, Gendered Subjects Pamela L. Caughie Richard Pearce 27

3 Scholarship on the Other Side: Power and Caring in Feminist Education Rebecca Ropers-Huilman 40

4 Beyond Essentialisms: Team Teaching Gender and Sexuality Debbie Storrs John Mihelich 59

5 Not for Queers Only: Pedagogy and Postmodernism Sal Johnston 80

6 Feminist Pedagogy, Interdisciplinary Praxis, and Science Education Maralee Mayberry Margaret N. Rees 94

Part II Pedagogical Practices in the Feminist Classroom

7 Small Group Pedagogy: Consciousness-Raising in Conservative Times Estelle B. Freedman 117

8 Bringing Different Voices into the Classroom Julia T. Wood 138

9 Teaching about Domestic Violence: Strategies for Empowerment Saundra Gardner 150

10 The Shift from Identity Politics to the Politics of Identity: Lesbian Panels in the Women's Studies Classroom Mary Margaret Fonow Debian Marty 159

11 The Protest as a Teaching Technique for Promoting Feminist Activism Suzanna Rose 171

12 Women's Studies on Television? It's Time for Distance Learning Annis H. Hopkins 176

Part III Race Matters: Intersectional Analyses of Classroom Dynamics

13 "I Was [So] Busy Fighting Racism That I Didn't Even Know I Was Being Oppressed as a Woman!" Challenges, Changes, and Empowerment in Teaching about Women of Color Lili M. Kim 195

14 Negotiating Tensions: Teaching about Race Issues in Graduate Feminist Classrooms Anne Donadey209

Part IV Bibliographies

15 Feminist Pedagogy: A Selective Annotated Bibliography Lori A. Goetsch 233

16 Dynamics of the Pluralistic Classroom: A Selected Bibliography Stephanie Riger Carrie Brecke Eve Wiederhold 240

List of Contributors 257

Index 261

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