ERIC Number: ED409940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Coming of Age of Women's Studies: Attention Must Be Paid.
DeCicco, Lynne M.
The offshoots of women's studies programs, such as cultural diversity, men's studies, and African-American studies, are now viewed as being at odds with women's studies although they share the same goal of transforming the curriculum. Most notable among these is men's studies and its relationship to women's studies. The challenge for teachers is to achieve a synthesis to afford students the best possible education without diluting the original women's studies courses and their activist orientation. A "Women in Literature" course at New Jersey's Raritan Valley Community College has always been inclusive in scope, but also helps students understand the interconnectedness of women's, men's, and other issues. In fall 1996, the 24 students in the course were surveyed regarding their satisfaction with and opinions on course content and title. All of the 22 responding students thought that the word "women" should remain in the title, while students also thought that the course should continue to provide a synthesis of ideas. Strategies for achieving unity between women's and men's studies in the course included dividing the course into two parts dealing with the history of the women's movement and its recent application, including the men's movement; organizing the course by period; and leaving the course undivided, but changing its description to indicate that other issues, such as men and race, are discussed. Contains 20 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.