ERIC Number: ED155552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Feminists' Perceptions of Women's Schooling Needs.
Girard, Kathryn L.
This paper presents some of the findings of a survey of feminists seeking to answer three basic questions about women's education. The questions guiding the research were: (1) What do feminist women perceive as important aspects of an education for women which promotes the development of their potentials? (2) What aspects of their schooling experiences do feminists perceive as having been mostly positive for them as women? and (3) What aspects of their schooling experience do feminists perceive as having been mostly negative for them as women? The responses, which point to an educational program designed to make women strong, independent, confident and competent, have many implications for Women's Studies programs and women's centers. One is that content changes are not enough; Women's Studies programs must help instructors learn and implement new ways of teaching in order to support new individual and group behavior patterns. Another implication is that a sex-fair college curriculum will not meet women's needs. Besides just adding women to the texts and courses, the institution must enable women to build the confidence necessary to respond to that content in meaningful ways. (Author/BP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, March, 1978)