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ERIC Number: ED139728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Geography, Education and the Women's Movement; Speculations about Their Interrelationships.
Libbee, Kristin Sheridan; Libbee, Michael
The purpose of this paper is to speculate about the relationship between societal change as presented by the women's movement, geography, and trends in education. Its thesis is that by looking at geographic teaching as an institutional response to a social revolution, a model for educational change can be developed on a much larger scale. Three approaches are presented for integrating awareness of women's issues with effective geography instruction. A basic approach is discussed which involves elimination of sexist behaviors and texts from the classroom. A checklist for avoiding sexist behavior and sexism in curriculum development accompanies this discussion. Changing course content to include supplementary information on women is described as a second approach. Although there is a dearth of published material about women, course content can be adapted to include issues such as economic trends or migration patterns among women. A third approach involves a new perspective on learning with focus on student inquiry and research. The authors include a brainstorming outline and resultant course description which they developed for a college-level course called "Geographic Perspectives on Women." According to their own particular interests, students individually identify patterns, institutions, and characteristics of women. Then as a group they establish research topics involving techniques such as regionalization or investigation of complex causality through case studies. Students receive feedback on individual projects and reports from the instructor to complete the learning process. (Author/AV)
Michael Libbee, Department of Geography, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 73069 (free)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (San Francisco, California, November 24-27, 1976)