ERIC Number: ED274666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Learning to Teach: The Empowering Quality of Nurturance.
McCall, Ava L.
The relationship of gender to the profession of teaching and curricular decision making is explored from a feminist point of view in this paper. The following questions were considered: (1)What are the experiences of those women who are preparing to teach and have an orientation toward teaching which is empowering for themselves and their students rather than adhering to set curricula and basic skills? (2) How have they contended with their years in patriarchal institutions? (3) Do these women deny their femininity when they teach? (4) How does their gender enter into the process of learning to teach? and (5) How do gender qualities such as assertiveness, confidence, empathy and nurturance influence their curricular and pedagogical decisions? This paper explores the ways one woman's gender influenced the process of learning to teach through her experience during her final year of teacher preparation. Ways in which she was able to realize her empowering orientation toward teaching during her last field experience as well as during her student teaching are examined. A five-page list of references concludes the document. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Practice (Dayton, OH, October 1986).