ERIC Number: EJ1034919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Reference Count: 18
Using Psychology's Feminist Voices in the Classroom
Ball, Laura C.; Bazar, Jennifer L.; MacKay, Jenna; Rodkey, Elissa N.; Rutherford, Alexandra; Young, Jacy L.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v37 n2 p261-266 Jun 2013
In this teaching brief, the authors state that during the course of their regular studies, psychology students typically do not learn about the historical, political, and cultural contexts that deeply affect, and at times make possible, certain lines of scientific inquiry and even whole fields of study. To help students appreciate that psychology is deeply responsive to and influenced by these contexts, the authors have produced "The Changing Face of Feminist Psychology," an original 40-minute documentary on the historical evolution of American feminist psychology suitable for use in both psychology of women/gender and history of psychology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Using archival and interview material, the documentary chronicles the synergy between the second wave of the women's movement and the emergence of feminist psychology. It features experts in the field discussing ongoing challenges, future directions, and their personal and professional experiences. They offer as a research tool the "Psychology's Feminist Voices" website (www.feministvoices.com), a unique multimedia digital archive that they developed to highlight both the history and the current status of women and feminism in psychology. The authors present several innovative uses of the Psychology's Feminist Voices site. It has been designed to: (1) acquaint students with the historical lineage that has shaped contemporary feminist psychology; (2) reveal how feminist psychology, like psychology and science more generally, is embedded in historical, social, cultural, and political contexts and influenced by the social locations of those who practice it; and (3) highlight the diversity of feminist psychologies and connect today's students with the richness of feminist theory and practice. The website provides students with access to the first-hand accounts of psychologists who are working to bring feminism and psychology together.
Descriptors: Psychology, Feminism, Documentaries, History, Web Sites, College Instruction, Graduate Study, Undergraduate Study, Educational Resources, Archives, Video Technology, Teaching Guides
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