ERIC Number: ED409941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Psychology of Women and Gender.
Dumville, Miriam McCarthy
Although standard courses in psychology are offered each academic year at New Jersey's Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC), the psychology of women and gender has yet to be incorporated into the curriculum. The psychology of women developed with the emergence of the second wave of feminism, beginning with a critical analysis of psychology's study and treatment of women. Psychology's views on women were generally negative, and feminist criticism of it has focused on several theoretical and methodological biases related to the use of men as a norm and women as deviations and the invisibility of topics relevant to women's lives. A review of textbooks widely used to teach the psychology of women indicates that they share various themes that distinguish them from traditional psychological research. The feminist psychology approach values women and provides contextual validity to their lives, viewing gender as a lens through which each person experiences her world and examining the processes through which gender is constructed. At RVCC, a course has been developed for fall 1997 to incorporate this new research and critical analysis into the curriculum. A chart illustrating the incorporation of feminist psychology into the curriculum, a description of stages at which biases can influence the research process, and an outline of the Psychology of Women and Gender course are appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.