ERIC Number: ED412053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Women in Experiential Education Speak Out: An Anthology of Personal Stories across Cultures.
Roberts, Nina S.; Winiarczyk, Ellen J.
The collection of stories gives voice to the variety of women's experiences rising out of ethnicity, race, class, and generational differences as well as to the simple individual histories of women. Five women with a wide range of differences, including African American, Native American, and Japanese women, share their experiences in, and perspectives on, the field of experiential education. From their stories emerge some commonalities. They reveal an excitement and dedication to the field of experiential education because it is education that works--that transforms and does not devalue, provides for personal growth, and influences people in positive ways. The lack of people of color, especially women of color, in experiential education is a major issue. Minorities in the field are beset with tokenism, where a few people of color are thought to represent an entire culture. People of color are often singled out to work with minority groups, which can be a valid approach depending on the actual motivation. They often are not taken seriously, and there is much stereotyping. Several of the women mention their role models' or mentors' influence on them and note the importance of their families' support. The field of experiential education is empowering to practitioners as well as students. The various people of color within the field, as well as White practitioners, need to develop cross-cultural ties, since they often don't know whether to embrace or be leery of one another. Women must recognize that mutual support can make a big difference. (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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