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ERIC Number: EJ812109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-0197-6664
"The Glass Ceiling Is Kind of a Bummer": Women's Reflections on a Gender Development Course
Sharp, Elizabeth A.; SoRelle-Miner, Danielle; Bermudez, Judith M.; Walker, Maria
Family Relations, v57 n4 p530-541 Oct 2008
The purpose of this study was to explore women students' experiences and reactions to a core Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) class cross-listed with Women's Studies (WS). Using 6 focus groups with 22 women, we found that the course increased "awareness of gender" (Theme A) but was limited partially because of patriarchical beliefs, evidenced by "acceptance of sexism" (Theme B) and "men as central" (Theme C). The beliefs were manifested in how students interacted with course material, which was predominately through "rejection of the course" (Theme D). Using skill theory framework, we explain our findings through the interplay of the environment and students' cognitive skills. Implications for HDFS/Women's Studies cross-listed courses are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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