ERIC Number: ED365188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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Collaboration in the Research and Scholarship of Feminist Women Faculty. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Dickens, Cynthia Sullivan
This study used qualitative research to develop a richer description and deeper understanding of the collaborative process among 26 feminist women faculty. The participants were all on the faculty full-time at two research universities in the Midwest and espoused feminism as evidenced by their formal association with women's studies programs. In particular the study asked what role collaboration with other women plays in feminist women faculty's construction of their own scholarly identities. The interviews were semi-structured, following a general interview guide of about 35 open-ended questions. Emerging from the participants' narratives were five identity themes: (1) synergy, (2) affirmation, (3) pragmatism, (4) resistance and rebellion, and (5) confirmation and empowerment. The research also suggested that feminist women see collaboration as a way to model and promote feminist values in their scholarship and in the competitive and individualistic culture of the research university. Participants repeatedly expressed the desire to integrate their values and their scholarship by doing research on a topic or using methods which reflect their commitments. A supportive environment may be fostered by ways of collaborating that consciously encourage resistance to hierarchy, exclusion, and exploitation, that encourage creative rebellion, and that lead to a synergy of ideas enlivening scholarship. (Contains 26 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; Teacher Collaboration
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (18th, Pittsburgh, PA, November 4-7, 1993).