ERIC Number: EJ1083195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Gender & Education Association: A Case Study in Feminist Education?
David, Miriam E.
Gender and Education, v27 n7 p928-946 2015
This article focuses on feminist activist academics who were instrumental in creating the UK Gender & Education Association at the turn of the twenty-first century. Drawing on my own intellectual biography (David, M. E. 2003. "Personal and Political: Feminisms, Sociology and Family Lives" Stoke-on-Trent. Trentham Books.) linked to the collective biography and life history of feminism in academia over the last 50 years, "Feminism, Gender & Universities: Politics, Passion and Pedagogies" (David, M. E. 2014. "Feminism, Gender & Universities: Politics, Passion & Pedagogies." Farnham: Wheatsheaf.), I consider how we, as feminist educators, developed our pedagogies and professional approaches to gender and education. In so doing, I also look at three cohorts or generations of feminist academics, from the university pioneers of second-wave feminists like myself, through to those who might be considered third wave feminists. In this it is clear that whilst feminist values of women's liberation and/or gender equality shine through, there are clear differences of emphasis. This is in relation to personal, political and professional values, and approaches to education through teaching or the social sciences. Indeed, neither feminism nor gender was in the lexicon of higher education or public policy when we were starting out, and by the third cohort gender equality had become incorporated into forms of neo-liberalism. In reviewing the developments of feminisms in higher education, I also look towards what might be considered a feminist future in global higher education, given learning from previous waves to new waves of feminists such as fourth wave and beyond. Here I briefly consider the work of our EU Daphne funded research project (2013-2015) into challenging gender-related violence (GRV) through education and training for professionals working with children and young people.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Feminism, Case Studies, Gender Issues, Activism, College Faculty, Professional Associations, Sex Fairness, Neoliberalism, Futures (of Society), Equal Education, Educational History, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Educational Researchers, Social Class, Generational Differences, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom