ERIC Number: ED187398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Women's Studies in the Community College. Women's Studies Monograph Series.
As part of a series dealing with national trends in women's education, this monograph examines the development of women's studies programs at the community college level and provides suggestions to increase their impact. The monograph first discusses the changes in the community college population, for example, in the male/female ratio and in students' ages, goals, and needs. It then discusses the potential role of women's studies in developing the self-confidence and economic and social position of increasing numbers of older, part-time, female students. A review of the literature is then presented, focusing on sources of information; definitions of women's programs, women's re-entry programs, and women's studies programs and courses; the lack of quantitative data; and articles on students' needs and problems. This is followed by an examination of the present status of women's studies programs as determined by a survey of 15 community colleges and interviews with eight women's studies program directors. Information is provided on the political factors involved in establishing Women's Studies Centers, the instructional materials and kinds of assistance needed, instructor role, governance, and goals. Recommendations for improvement are then presented, suggesting the articulation of a national policy of support and research to collect basic statistical data and information on the impact of women's studies courses. A bibliography is provided. (JP)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Benefits, Females, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Nontraditional Students, Program Administration, Program Development, Reentry Students, Research Needs, Student Educational Objectives, Teacher Role, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Womens Education, Womens Studies
Social Processes/Women's Research Team, National Institute of Education, Mail Stop 7, 1200-19th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20208.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.