ERIC Number: ED262189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-8
Reference Count: 0
Women Moving Women: Going beyond the Awareness Stage.
Gillen, Marie A.
A model was developed out of a need to help women move toward a more authentic existence. It was intended to help women go beyond the level of awareness in their present quest for self-determination, to make full use of their lives, to challenge their capabilities, and to reach for new horizons. The model involves both an unlearning and a relearning. While it suggests a smooth sequential ordering of events, it also recognizes and allows for the fact that change does not usually happen in an orderly fashion. The model has four core phases and two extra phases. The four phases of the core model are as follows: "Setting the Climate,""The Way I See Myself and Others,""The Way Change Occurs in Me and Others," and "Where Do I Go From Here? The two extra phases that form the complete model are "Case Study" and "What Have I Done, Am Doing, and Hope to Do?" After being used in women's groups, the model was revised to put more emphasis on action, rather than simply on awareness. This was accomplished by expanding the second phase--"The Way I See Myself and Others"--to include an examination of why conditions are that way. For example, women are encouraged not only to see themselves as oppressed and society as oppressors but also to examine why this is so and to move beyond it. It is hoped that this model will facilitate women's efforts to take the concepts of equality, respect, love, and trust out of the realm of abstract ideals and make them more a part of the daily exchange with each other and those outside their immediate environment. Women moving women beyond the level of awareness is a powerful reality. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Milwaukee, WI, November 6-10, 1985).