Feminist Pedagogies Bibliography

January 13, 2009

Leona Fisher, of Georgetown University’s English Department and Women’s Studies Program, recommends the following “core” books in feminist pedagogies as these relate to some of the pedagogical concerns of the project.  Leona writes:

“These books are some of the “classics” of feminist pedagogy. Both of these studies were conducted under the double auspices of the Association of American Colleges and the National Women’s Studies Association and constitute some of the earliest research about actual programs and methods for doing feminist work in the classroom:

  • Caryn McTighe Musil, editor, The Courage to Question: Women’s Studies and Student Learning (Washington, DC: Assoc. of American Colleges, 1992)
  • Caryn McTighe Musil, editor, Students at the Center: Feminist Assessment (Washington, DC: Assoc. of American Colleges, 1992).

Pedagogy is Politics: Literary Theory and Critical Teaching, edited by Maria-Reina Kecht (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992), contains some wonderful essays, by people like Richard Ohmann, on subversive teaching and the literature classroom.

Marcia B. Baxter Magolda’s Knowing and Reasoning in College: Gender-Related Patterns in Students’ Intellectual Development examines gender-related patterns of knowing. It is a social science longitudinal study of 101 college men and women and based partly on the discoveries of Belenky et. al. in Women’s Ways of Knowing (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1992).

Dale Spender, editor, Men’s Studies Modified: The Impact of Feminism on the Academic Disciplines is THE classic on early feminist influence on the content of the disciplines, but also contains implicit pedagogical hints (Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1985).

Gender in the Classroom: Power and Pedagogy, edited by Susan L. Gabriel and Isaiah Smithson, is still the best collection on actual pedagogical techniques, from teachers’ written comments to the essay “Confronting Sexism in the College Classroom.” (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1990).

At the risk of sounding self-aggrandizing, I would also suggest my essay on Women’s Studies at Georgetown contained in William McFadden, editor, Georgetown at Two Hundred: Faculty Reflections on the University’s Future, which contains a whole chunk on feminist teaching (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1990).”

-Email from Leona Fisher to Michael Coventry, May 2001

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