ERIC Number: ED448386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Creating a Gender and Communication Course.
Crowley-Long, Kathleen; Smith, Karen
In an attempt to create interdisciplinary study at one college, a gender and communications class was created by professors from psychology and communications. Although the class was made-up of students who were white, middle-class, and heterosexual, the class attempted to discuss issues about race, class, ability, and sexual preference differences through the use of class readings and films. It consisted of lectures, discussions, workshops, and student presentations. Guest speakers added additional information and perspectives. Students were able to evaluate the course and instructors on two forms: the college's standard form and an open-ended questionnaire designed for the course. The pooled results of these evaluations are presented in table form. Several suggestions emerged for the course in the future. Increasing the number of credit hours offered for this type of course would allow more time to cover each subject. An inclusion of a gay and lesbian perspective would help reduce the heterosexual bias. Strategies are also needed to help avoid digressions and tangents by students. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Poster session presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (108th, Washington, D.C., August 4-8, 2000).