ERIC Number: EJ776619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
"Feminist" Teaching/Teaching "Feminism"
Carillo, Ellen C.
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v18 n1 p28-40 2007
The stakes are high for feminist teachers. Susan A. Basow, Nancy T. Silberg, Kathryn Duncan, Michael Stasio, and others have reported disturbing findings regarding the discrepancy between student evaluations of male professors and female professors. Professors who have identified themselves as feminists or committed to practicing feminist pedagogy, these findings show, consistently score especially low marks particularly--but not exclusively--from their male students. The fact that these course evaluations are used in decisions regarding salary, tenure, and promotion may help explain why many junior faculty and even some veterans, who have practiced feminist pedagogy in the past, are reevaluating their teaching methods. In this article, the author examines a set of student evaluations in which she received low marks from some students who were skeptical about her teaching practices. She situates these comments as indicative of the gap between what students and teaching academics constitute as teaching. These evaluations raise many complex issues, as well, surrounding the use of feminist teaching practices outside of women's studies, thus enabling her to explore the challenges therein in an effort to help ensure a future for feminist pedagogy. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Womens Studies, Student Evaluation, Feminism, College Faculty, Higher Education, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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