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ERIC Number: ED221514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Beyond the Status Quo: Merging Feminist Studies with Teacher Education.
Grimes, Mary Loftin
Printed materials and teacher practice continue to perpetuate rather than challenge harmful stereotypes about women, making it necessary to create teacher education courses to raise the level of consciousness of inservice and preservice teachers. At the University of Florida, a course entitled "The Gender-Free Curriculum" has four purposes: (1) raise the consciousness level of participants on a range of issues; (2) increase understanding of cultural influences whereby stereotypes are conveyed; (3) train participants in content analysis procedures for evaluating materials in and out of the school setting; and (4) enable participants to develop a repertoire of materials and procedures for positive change in their own school. Using "Together We Can: Elementary and Secondary Training Kit" as a source of class activities, students' gender-related feelings and attitudes are identified, and coordinated activities are prescribed. Content analyses are performed of a textbook, a television show, and a noncurricular publication. Completion of the fourth goal allows the participant to translate the attitudes and skills developed from the first three goals into a plan of action. Teacher educators can and should extend their efforts well beyond the limits of the course in order to eliminate sex stereotyping in elementary and secondary classrooms as well as in society at large. (FG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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