ERIC Number: EJ821555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 102
Feminist Sociology and Feminist Knowledges: Contributions to Higher Education Pedagogies and Professional Practices in the Knowledge Economy
David, Miriam E.
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v14 n2 p99-124 Jul 2004
This article uses feminist methodologies of critical and personal reflections to consider the contributions that feminist sociology and sociology of education have made to developments in the pedagogies and practices of higher education, particularly professional and postgraduate education. First, the article reviews the contributions of women and feminists to developing feminist theories and methodologies over the last three or four decades. It considers, in particular, the ways in which these developments around the notions of personal and political have become more complex as generations of women as academics and students have entered the academy. These complexities are linked to the wider social and economic transformations and especially changing forms of liberalism, from social democracy, through economic liberalism to neo-liberalism. These developments are spelled out briefly and linked to changing forms of higher education. The second half of the article concentrates on developments in higher education and the mystification of postgraduate and professional education under neo-liberalism. A case study of the developments in doctoral and professional education is provided, with an emphasis on how women have become engaged in these practices. Consideration is also given to changing pedagogies and the practice of more personal pedagogies in higher education and how this has developed with respect to a professional doctorate in education. In conclusion, consideration is given to the prospects for the future of these changing developments and the contribution of feminist pedagogies and practices for the renewal of sociology and the sociology of education a d forms of knowledge within the academy.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Feminism, Females, Political Attitudes, Educational Sociology, Democracy, Professional Education, Educational Practices, Social Change, Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Graduate Study, Doctoral Degrees
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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