ERIC Number: ED413856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-14
Reference Count: N/A
National Assessment Study of Women's Studies Classes.
Musil, Caryn McTighe, Ed.
This final report on a national assessment study of what and how students learn in women's studies classes uses data from a three-year project that sought answers to key questions about women's studies curricula, feminist pedagogy, integrated and critical thinking, multiculturalism, what fosters learning communities, and how students integrate learning into their personal lives. Data were gathered from seven women's studies programs located at diverse educational institutions, whose faculty were trained in assessment methods by a national assessment team that functioned throughout the project as campus consultants. The study found that students felt that women's studies engaged them intellectually, made education a way of life, reestablished the centrality of teaching and student-centered learning, and helped them discover their own voices, engaged them in robust debate, and developed critical perspectives. Data also revealed that women's studies helped students understand different viewpoints and diverse people, and promoted the notion that they could and should actively shape their society. Three publications resulted from the project: "The Courage to Question: Women's Studies and Student Learning,""The Executive Summary of The Courage to Question," and "Students at the Center: Feminist Assessment." Appended to the report are further comments on the findings. (Author/JLS)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Critical Thinking, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Evaluation, Diversity (Institutional), Feminism, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Lifelong Learning, Program Descriptions, Student Centered Curriculum, Teaching Models, Womens Education, Womens Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Women's Studies Association.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.