ERIC Number: ED178379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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Consciousness Changing in the Women's Studies Classroom.
Arpad, Susan S.; Arpad, Joseph J.
The paper examines how teachers of women's studies can challenge college students' attitudes about women's nature, roles, and futures. It focuses also on how teachers can set consciousness raising as a major course objective. To better understand a consciousness change experience, teachers should examine the nature of consciousness, the possible results of consciousness changing in the classroom, and responsibilities of a teacher who sets consciousness changing as a classroom goal. Information on these subjects can be found in numerous psychological studies, including "The Principles of Psychology," by William James, "The Doors of Perception," by Aldous Huxley," and "The Origins of Modern Science," by Herbert Butterfield. From these studies, teachers can gain information about limitations of awareness, custom and habit, expectations, role perceptions, socialization, behavior patterns, preconscious attitudes, and stream of consciousness. Teachers must then select or develop a teaching method to encourage consciousness raising among students. A method particularly suited to this purpose is the classical critical method (inquiry approach). Advantages of this method are that it helps students discover the nature of women's studies, analyze the constituent parts of the discipline, and synthesize personal awareness of the subject with other people's perceptions of it. The conclusion is that this classical critical method is the best way to allow students to systematically examine a topic and come to a new understanding of it. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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