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ERIC Number: ED315366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 15
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The Effects of Core Inclusion on a Women's Studies Program: A Case Study.
McGowan, Marcia P.
The 1984-85 academic year was the first in which women's studies courses were included in the core curriculum at Eastern Connecticut State University (Willimantic). This paper examines the effects of this inclusion. In general, these courses have enjoyed increased and diversified enrollments, with more men and continuing students electing to take these courses. While classroom methodology has been affected somewhat by the altered composition of the classroom, the changes are seen as positive and can be traced to heightened awareness in society in general of women's changing roles. Besides the obvious benefit of having the chance to reach other students than liberal arts majors--students who might not otherwise be exposed to a feminist liberal arts perspective--and to encourage in these students a more pluralistic and egalitarian world view, the validation gained through core inclusion and the upsurge in enrollments have evidently led to heightened interest in women's studies among a variety of students. Since the inclusion of women's studies in the general education core, four new courses have been added to the women's studies curriculum at the University. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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