ERIC Number: ED236106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Feminist Theory and Feminist Pedagogy: The Existential Woman.
Feminist pedagogy necessitates development of an educational framework that posits woman as an essential member of the community. Existential philosophy, with its themes of freedom, choice and decision, and alienation between beings, furnishes the best theoretical base for the new paradigm. Unlike the pervasive androcentric model, this philosophy recognizes woman as a being in control of her social role. Because woman's sexuality is a matter of situation rather than nature, any involvement becomes possible for her. Existential philosophy lends itself to the restructuring of many courses, for example, the study of roles in anthropology, biographies in literature, and social rather than political history. The existential idea of choice provides a starting point for explorations of sexual preference, social deviation, and the family. Certain teaching methods, such as oral presentations, class discussions, and student-teacher conferences, are particularly suited to an existential approach to women's issues. The application of this perspective to all disciplines offers students and teachers a new understanding of humankind in the duality of woman and man. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Women's Studies Association Conference (Columbus, OH, June 26-30, 1983).