ERIC Number: ED369344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-16
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An Analysis of the Integration of the Feminist Perspective in Research Methods Classes: Current Practices.
Lopez, Susan D.; Mertens, Donna M.
A study was done of current practices in teaching educational research, particularly the extent to which feminist perspectives on research are included in topics, in research methods textbooks, and in professors' use of instructional techniques responsive to feminine "ways of knowing". Seventy-one members of the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group, Professors of Educational Research, completed a five-page questionnaire on demographic data, background information, topics covered in classes, and teaching techniques. A sub-sample of 18 professors was interviewed using a semi-structured interview guide. Demographic data revealed that professors of educational research were over 75 percent male and that 85 percent received their degrees in a field other than educational research. These factors may contribute to lack of knowledge of feminist perspectives. The most frequently taught topics identified were consistent with earlier research and did not include feminist epistemology or feminist approaches to research. Ideas of gender in relation to research design and analysis were also lacking. None of the textbooks examined for the study mentioned feminist approaches to research or discussed gender as an issue in research methodology development. Regarding teaching techniques, 65 percent of those surveyed said they spent some time with their students discussing the students' attitudes toward research. The survey instrument is appended. (Contains 15 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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