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Department
Women’s Studies
Course
WOMENST 2AA3
Professor
Chikako Nagayama
Semester
Winter

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03/03/2014 Feminist Pedagogy Lecture 3 WS 2AA3: Introduction to Feminist Thought Memorable learning moment In your WS journal, write a paragraph to describe one learning experience (at school, home, extracurricular  activity or somewhere else; from childhood to present) that you remember most vividly. What did you learn  then? What feeling emerged when you had it (if applicable)? (5 min.) Please use discretion, because it may be discussed in class later. Analytical response ~ Clarification about the assignment You will read an article and write a response to it BEFORE you hear the material being discussed in lecture You will submit a response about an article at the top of (or alternatively, at the end of) the lecture when the  article is discussed. There are only 3 lectures before the reading week; 2 responses need to be done by then. Key concepts from Lecture 2 Critical thinking Feminist standpoint theory Gender analysis (e.g. Marxist, radical feminist and dual­systems theory) ‘Difference’ in feminist theory (e.g. Third Wave feminism and postmodern – to be further discussed in future  lectures) Critical thinking and feminism “Everything we do is rooted in theory.[...] there is [...] an underlying system shaping thought and  practice”(hooks p.19). “most of us were socialized [...] to accept sexist thinking. Feminist thinking and feminist theory urges us to  [figure out roots of our perceptions]” (ibid.). http://www.guerrillagirls.com/posters/venicewallc.shtml http://wupa.wustl.edu/record_archive/1998/03­19­98/2368.html Differences and feminism Why is it important to embrace ‘differences’ for feminism (i.e. movement to end sexism and sexist  exploitation and oppression)? How do you define ‘differences’ that matter for feminism? School education and difference How school education reinforces the status­quo, such as sexism, gender norms, racism, classism and  ablism? Underlining values of education Teacher’s roles Physical education Parental roles to support children’s education Feminist pedagogy “What is Feminist Pedagogy?” (Shrewsbury 1993) Empowerment Community Leadership c.f. Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Freire 1968) Memorable learning moment (2) Discuss with your elbow neighbour about this learning experience: what you learned what made this learning experience most memorable whether or not the knowledge, skills or other things you acquired in this learning moment still applicable for  you today While listening to your neighbour’s input, summarize and write it down in your journal. (8 min.) Class Discussion – Tell us what your neighbour said to you! Modern education system and learning moments What factors in the current educational system prevent val
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