ERIC Number: ED386222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Men and Women in Society: A Duality of Vision.
Bullock, Anice; Telschow, Ruth L.
At Tomball College, in Texas, an interdisciplinary course in gender issues was developed to examine the psychological and social realities of gender roles. The course was team taught by a psychologist and a sociologist and met twice a week for 80 minutes per session. The class covered the general areas of gender history; physical and cognitive functioning; socialization; stereotypical processes and behaviors; sexual behavior; and consequences of gender identity and role sets within family groups, the workforce, and halls of power. Classroom techniques included dialogues in the round, panel debates, Socratic-style lectures, group exercises, and individual projects. Randomly chosen student groups were also required to address such topics as sexual harassment, women with careers having children, and men's ability to nurture children. To further develop critical thinking and empathic responses, students were required to participate in a group project titled "Metamorphosis," where students addressed the question, "What would happen if you found yourself living on a planet where you underwent a sex change every 5 years?" Results from pre/post questionnaires distributed in the course indicated that while students with hostile attitudes toward the opposite sex appeared to change their beliefs, many also indicated on the posttest that they viewed sports and combat as male roles, even when on the pretest they did not. (Includes student comments, the "Metamorphosis" exercise, and sample student journal entries.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (16th, Austin, TX, May 22-25, 1994).