ERIC Number: ED224406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Liberal Education and the New Scholarship on Women: Issues and Constraints in Institutional Change. A Report of the Wingspread Conference (Racine, Wisconsin, October 22-24, 1981).
Association of American Universities, Washington, DC.; American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.; Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, DC.; American Council on Education, Washington, DC.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
A 1981 Wingspread conference on the implications of the new scholarship on women for the traditional goals and assumptions of liberal education also addresses possibilities and imperatives for curricular and institutional change. After an introduction by Anne Fuller, papers by three women's studies scholars are presented. "Feminist Scholarship--The Extent of the Revolution" (Florence Howe) suggests that the study of women is not only an academic question but a question of allowing women images of achievement and aspiration comparable to those the curriculum has generally afforded at least to white middle-class males. "A Feminist Critique of the Liberal Arts" (Elizabeth Kamarck Minnich) proposes that schools are still educating people in a system that grew out of a hierarchical and partial vision of what humanity is. "The Challenges of Women's History" (Gerda Lerner) suggests that women's history challenges the traditional periodization of history and indicates a need for a redefinition of categories and values. Lastly, conference recommendations for institutions, administrators, education associations, and disciplinary groups are also presented. Among the conclusions are: (1) liberal education is "illiberal" if it does not take adequate account of the values, accomplishments, lives, and perspectives of half the human race; (2) research on women integrates new information into the curriculum to provide a more complete understanding of human experience; and (3) a new feminist scholarship, which examines a topic or discipline from the points of view of both men and women, can change assumptions, values, and methodologies of many areas of study. A list of participants and planning committee members is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Females, Feminism, General Education, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Males, Scholarship, Social Change, Sociocultural Patterns, Womens Studies
Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.; Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Universities, Washington, DC.; American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.; Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, DC.; American Council on Education, Washington, DC.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.