ERIC Number: ED369678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan-8
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Gender at the Base of World History.
Hughes, Sarah S.
Gender, a fundamental organizing principle of human societies, should be integral to world history survey courses. Students need to learn about the various distinctions of gender that have divided the sexes throughout history. As there is little time to squeeze more explanatory factors into a world history syllabus, it is critical to establish early that discerning the social meanings of male and female is one historical theme. It is important to remind students that the course is addressing women and men whose collective activity is consequential. Teachers also must incorporate gender topics into testing. The division of labor, and student misconceptions about it, is a useful topic for gender discussion. Instructors may have to avoid unanswerable topics such as the role of the goddesses in antiquity and the origin of patriarchy. Early in the course, women may be angered and men may feel guilty about the low status of women throughout history. It is important to underscore societies in which women held high status. Furthermore, the resistance of Native American women to European oppression offers important lessons about colonialism. For any such course there are invaluable resources available. Contains 13 endnotes. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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