ERIC Number: ED432979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Psychology: Discipline Analysis. Women in the Curriculum Series.
Madden, Margaret E.; Russo, Nancy Felipe
This essay examines the ways in which psychology, as a discipline, has been influenced by feminist scholarship in the field. Noting that feminist psychologists have challenged the assumption that psychological science is value-free, it cites ways in which values have affected psychological theory and method. The view that men's behavior is normative underlies the historic marginalization of research on women in psychology. The best example of androcentrism and devaluation of women is found in Freudian theory, which defines being female as both different and deficient. Many "gender effects" on behavior can be accounted for by power differences between women and men; feminist psychologists have pointed to the usefulness of descriptive research that does not seek to generalize about all human behavior. An appendix includes eight principles of feminist curriculum development that focus on diversity, egalitarianism and empowerment, self-determination, complexity, connection, social action, self-reflection, and integrative perspectives. A 129-item bibliography contains information on cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; social psychology; physical health and reproduction; mental health; women in the history of psychology; research methodologies and publication issues; gender and other forms of diversity; feminist theory; scientific theory; curriculum transformation resources; pedagogy; electronic resources; and organizational resources. (MDM)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Instruction, Curriculum Development, Females, Feminism, Feminist Criticism, Gender Issues, Higher Education, Models, Psychological Studies, Psychology, Research Methodology, Sex Bias, Sex Differences, Sex Fairness, Teaching Methods, Theories
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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.