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ERIC Number: EJ933469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
The Case of the Reluctant Epistemologists
Hardy, Clara Shaw
History Teacher, v43 n4 p595-604 Aug 2010
At the end of Spring term 2008, the author gave the students in her "Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World" class their final exam. The format was a take-home essay, in which she asked them to respond to an article by Amy Richlin. The article lays out a range of ways to approach the topic of "women in antiquity"--different epistemologies, different attitudes. The author asked them to explain what their own approach was, now that they'd studied the topic for a term, and what the implications were of that approach. In this article, the author shares the surprising responses of her students on the given task. The first surprise the author had was that the students were extremely resistant to defining their own approach to the texts. Her second surprise after the students' resistance to choosing an epistemology was the reasoning given by many who did make the choice. So when, inspired by the thoughtfulness of her students, she takes a step back and tries to reflect upon her own attitudes and practice, a number of things come together. She has to acknowledge the emotional charge that underlies and energizes her relationship to the ancient world. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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