ERIC Number: ED432964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Biology. CUNY Panel: Rethinking the Disciplines. Women in the Curriculum Series.
Spanier, Bonnie B.; Rosser, Sue V.; Muzio, Joseph N.; Tucker, Edward B.
This collection of four essays examines the ways in which biology, as a discipline, reflects ongoing scholarship on gender, race, ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation. In "Natural Sciences: Molecular Biology," Bonnie B. Spanier examines common ideological distortions in biology, including superimposing stereotypical gender attributes and language onto animals and plants, creating hierarchies of organization with assumptions about power relationships, and claiming that biology determines behavior. In "Feminist Critiques of Biology," Sue V. Rosser discusses the inequities of scientific research and education and ways in which feminist perspectives can be introduced into biology courses. In "Balancing the Curriculum in the Biological Sciences," Joseph N. Muzio discusses the teaching of a Biology of Women course and offers insights on how it affects students' understanding of women's issues and feminist perspectives of science. In "Women in Science and Engineering," Edward B. Tucker points out that while the number of women in science and engineering has increased significantly over the last decade, women have tended to attain degrees and academic positions in life science and psychology rather than in earth science, environmental science, mathematics, and engineering. Each essay contains references. (MDM)
Descriptors: Biology, College Curriculum, College Instruction, Engineering, Females, Feminism, Feminist Criticism, Gender Issues, Higher Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Attitudes, Scientific Research, Sex Bias, Sex Differences, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Theories
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Towson Univ., Baltimore, MD. National Center for Curriculum Transformation Resources on Women.
Note: For related documents in this series, see HE 032 663-689.