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Gender and Teaching

1st Edition

By Frances A. Maher, Janie Victoria Ward


160 pages

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Gender and Teaching provides a vivid, focused, and interactive overview of the important gender issues in education today. This is accomplished through conversations among experts, practitioners, and readers that are informed by representative case studies and by a range of theoretical approaches to the issues. Gender and Teaching is the third volume in the "Reflective Teaching and the Social Conditions of Schooling" series edited by Daniel P. Liston and Kenneth M. Zeichner. It follows the same format as previous volumes in the series.

Part I includes four cases dealing with related aspects of gendered experiences in schools (nonsexist elementary school curricula, gender and race implications of special education assignment practices, homophobia in high schools and classrooms, and teaching as a woman's profession), followed by a set of teachers', administrators', and professors' reactions to each case.

Part II is an elaboration of four "public arguments"--conservative, liberal, women-centered, and radical multicultural--pertaining to the issues raised in the cases in Part I. These arguments exemplify clusters of orientations, organized around general values rather than hard and fast principles.

Part III presents the authors' own interpretations of the issues raised throughout the work and provides activities and topics for reflection and an annotated bibliography of additional resources.

Content and Pedagogical Features:

*Readers are encouraged throughout to interact with the text. They can respond to each case and compare their responses to those of others in the field.

*The cases and discussions that follow help students begin to evolve their own "practical theories"; explore and perhaps modify some of their basic beliefs and assumptions; become acquainted with other points of view; and look further into the connections and intersections of gender with other structural dynamics and practices--those of race, class, and culture--as intrinsic to their explorations into the social conditions of schooling.

*The major strands in feminist theory about women and education are presented so that students can analyze the differences among them, come up with positions of their own, and learn to defend them.

*Although the authors draw on historical and sociological frameworks that show how women have historically been discriminated against in our schools and in our society, their goal is an education that is equally fair to everyone, boys as well as girls.

Gender and Teaching is pertinent for all prospective and practicing teachers at any stage of their training. It can be used in any undergraduate or graduate course that addresses issues of gender and teaching.


"For those looking for an overview of important gender issues in education, this would be a useful book. Through a series of cases studies and public arguments, the authors cover a wide range of territory and also draw on historical and sociological frameworks. Though primarily focusing on K-12 experiences, higher education professionals may recognize many of the issues as their own."

Feminist Academic Press Column

Table of Contents

Contents: Series Preface. Preface. Case Studies and Reactions. Public Arguments. Final Arguments, and Some Suggestions and Resources for Further Reflection.

About the Series

Reflective Teaching and the Social Conditions of Schooling Series

A Series for Prospective and Practicing Teachers

This series of small, accessible, interactive texts introduces the notion of teacher reflection and develops it in relation to the social conditions of schooling. The aim is to provide practicing and prospective teachers with ways to examine contextual issues of schooling and to articulate their ideas, beliefs, theories, expectations, assumptions, and feelings about those issues, and to facilitate reflection about teaching situations they face and decisions they must make on an ongoing basis. Each text focuses on a specific issue or content area in relation to teaching and follows the same format: Part I offers several case studies dealing with different aspects of book’s topic, each followed by space for readers to write their own reactions and reflections, educators’ dialogue about the case, space for readers’ reactions to the educators’ dialogue, and a summary and additional questions. Part II presents public arguments representing different views about the topic. Part III offers the authors’ personal views on some of the issues addressed, exercises for further reflection, and a list of resources. Books in this series are appropriate for teacher education courses across the curriculum.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General