ERIC Number: ED237394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Feminist Research Methodology Groups: Origins, Forms, Functions.
Feminist Research Methodology Groups (FRMGs) have developed as a specific type of women's group in which feminist academics can find supportive audiences for their work while contributing to a feminist redefinition of research methods. An analysis of two FRMGs reveals common characteristics, dynamics, and outcomes. Both were limited to small groups which functioned without a leader. A different woman was responsible for the structure and content of each meeting. Discussion usually centered on how that woman's current research could be redeveloped from a feminist perspective. So that all could participate, subject materials were circulated prior to each meeting. Members noted several positive aspects of this format. Having no leader meant that no one dominated meetings. Members were sharing and supportive, drawing each other out in an intellectual environment that was relaxed but challenging. While one of these groups is still in operation, the other has disbanded for several reasons, including divergent motivation, group dynamics, and turnover. However, in both cases leaving members felt they were graduating as resocialized feminist researchers. Women contemplating forming FRMGs should address several challenges, among them the need to develop a definition and paradigm for these groups. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Consciousness Raising; Study Circles
Note: Paper presented at the National Women's Studies Association Conference (Columbus, OH, June 26-30, 1983).