ERIC Number: ED224799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct-29
Reference Count: 0
Applying a Theory of Feminist Psychology.
O'Reilly, Patricia; Frankel, Judith
Teacher educators must begin a process of re-education to gain insights necessary to teach about teaching from a feminist perspective. According to a feminist world view, society is dominated by a patriarchical system which perpetuates the subservience of women. Traditional educational theory, influenced by Freud, Erickson, Piaget, and Kohlberg, supports this masculine bias. It is critical to change the socially ingrained attitudes of education professors and administrators, through such techniques as consciousness raising. Nonsexist materials can be used effectively in education classes, although concepts in these materials can sometimes meet with resistance from both male and female students. Small group exercises encourage attitude change through the sharing of perceptions and values with peers. Sex equity is a relatively new issue, and proponents face practical, philosophical, and attitudinal barriers that accompany any change process. Teacher educators can begin by talking among themselves in a nonthreatening and accepting manner. (FG)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Education Courses, Educational Psychology, Elementary Secondary Education, Feminism, Higher Education, Nondiscriminatory Education, Relevance (Education), Sex Bias, Sex Fairness, Social Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Educators
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Association of Teachers of Educational Psychology (October 29, 1982).