ERIC Number: EJ998087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Defying Borders: Transforming Learning Through Collaborative Feminist Organizing and Interdisciplinary, Transnational Pedagogy
Carney, T.; Geertsema-Sligh, M.; Savage, A.; Sluis, A.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v23 n4 p127-144 2012
The authors provide a case study of how a group of faculty members was able to initiate transformation in student learning and institutional structures at a small university in the Midwestern U.S. through the introduction of collaborative feminist organizing and pedagogy. It details faculty-led initiatives that set the stage for innovative teaching and learning, and it describes the authors' experience in the face of resistance when introducing a global women's human rights course into the university's new core curriculum. Because of its diverse, interdisciplinary and transnational content, this course challenged deeply ingrained disciplinary and pedagogical borders of both traditional area studies and the field of history. The authors argue that progress toward diverse curricula can be made when colleagues work collaboratively and apply innovative pedagogical models to the classroom. Although specific to one university, these challenges to and strategies for transformation have broader application to all faculty seeking to diversify curricula and institutions.
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Faculty, Teacher Collaboration, Interdisciplinary Approach, Global Approach, Feminism, Cultural Pluralism, Sex Fairness, Womens Studies, Courses, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Team Teaching, College Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Small Colleges
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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