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ERIC Number: EJ803506
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Women's Proper Place and Student-Centered Pedagogy
Gomez, Doris Santoro
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v27 n5 p313-333 Sep 2008
Student-centered pedagogy has been embraced by many feminist practitioners and educational theorists as an antidote to more "traditional" or "masculinist" forms of classroom relations, epistemological constructs, and theories of self. I will show that the margin-center schema, student-centered pedagogy's foundational metaphor, undermines feminist projects when applied to teacher-student relations. Although the margin-center schema has been a useful diagnostic tool in feminist theory, it operates prescriptively in student-centered pedagogy. Student-centered pedagogy designates teachers' "proper place" at the margins of classroom life, a place that echoes bygone visions of domestic femininity. This paper is simultaneously a critique of student-centered pedagogy and a recuperative project to dislodge the work of John Dewey from the teacher-centered/student-centered binary.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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