ERIC Number: ED400466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
A Feminist Analysis of Educational Scholarship on Women: Twenty Years of Adult Education Literature.
Sissel, Peggy A.
A study used the Educational Resources and Information Center (ERIC) database as a resource for journal articles on adult education and women since 1971 to examine the recent effort at including inquiry on women and gender in the adult education literature. Once the ERIC database was searched and analyzed for possible trends, a random sample of journal articles on women was drawn from the 193 located. The percentages of entries on women ranged from a low of 3.6 percent in 1971 to a high of 8.2 percent in 1982, for a net gain through 1989 of 5.4 percent. In 1985, the highest rate for journal articles was 7.7 percent; this slipped to 4.8 percent in 1989. The most frequent subject for research on women was in the area of adult development and life changes, making up almost one-fourth of all entries, followed by international development and programming for higher education and human resource development. Women made up two-thirds of authors undertaking research in which women were included. Whereas females dispersed their interests in a variety of subjects, males focused predominantly on adult developmental issues as they pertained to women. Only 5 journals had carried more than 3 articles about women and some aspects of adult education over the course of 20 years. Of 27 articles randomly selected for review, 19 addressed women as the primary focus; 8 focused on women only as a variable within the study or issue. The 19 that addressed women as primary were substantially more feminist-focused efforts. (Contains 32 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference (University Park, PA, May 1993).