Title

Feminist Pedagogy in the Elementary Classroom: An Agenda for Practice

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Publication Title

Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching

ISSN

0882-4843

Abstract

Because elementary education is predominantly made up of women, it is interesting that not much research in the field has been conducted with an inherently feminist perspective. Lisa Goldstein notes that developmental psychology has been the theoretical foundation for early childhood education--an irony, especially considering the pervasiveness of masculinist discourse within that field. The authors of this paper, following a thorough review of the literature on this topic, concluded that, with few exceptions, feminist pedagogical practices are relatively unstudied in and virtually unapplied to the elementary school level. This paper explores the possibilities for student-empowering pedagogical practice on the elementary level and suggests a new agenda for research into feminist teaching in K-5 classrooms.

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