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ERIC Number: EJ820266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Facilitating Smart-Girl: Feminist Pedagogy in Service Learning in Action
Williams, Rhonda L.; Ferber, Abby L.
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v19 n1 p47-67 2008
This article discusses an innovative program, Smart-Girl, developed in collaboration among feminist scholars, educators, and business women concerned with intervening in and improving the lives of adolescent girls in their community. This program is unique not only in its success, but also in the social and emotional impact it has had on the high school and college women who work as group facilitators (mentors) with this program. Smart-Girl is a flexible model for feminist service learning that can be adapted to a wide range of disciplines and courses. The program incorporates the four components of feminist research and pedagogy, as discussed in the introduction to this volume: reflexivity, action orientation, attention to affective components, and use of the situation at hand (Fonow and Cook). Here, the authors review the critical issues facing girls while introducing this research-based, service-learning program. The authors then examine the way this model of feminist pedagogy and empowerment can be replicated on other campuses. (Contains 3 notes and a syllabus..)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado