Feminist social studies teachers: The role of teachers’ backgrounds and beliefs in shaping gender-equitable practicesJournal of Social Studies Research (2019)
Gender inequity is a persistent problem in the United States. While the high school social studies classroom should be an important space for addressing gender inequity, there is significant underrepresentation of women in the curriculum. Thus, it is crucial that we understand how self-described feminist social studies teachers present women and gender-equity in their classrooms. In this mixed-methods study, the researchers examined the beliefs and practices of six feminist-identifying teachers. The results reveal commonalities across teachers related to classroom discourses, curricular modifications, and professional practice, yet there were compelling differences based on whether or not the teacher subscribed to a critical feminist perspective or a liberal feminist perspective. While all the teachers in the study saw themselves as change agents, teachers who operated from a critical feminist lens focused more on structural gender inequity as a means to eliminate sexism, whereas teachers who operated from a liberal lens focused more on individual acts of sexism and greater inclusion of women—often individual women—in the curriculum. This study contributes to the scarce research on feminism in social studies and provides tools for practitioners who want practices that are more inclusive.
Citation InformationKaylene M. Stevens and Christopher C. Martell. "Feminist social studies teachers: The role of teachers’ backgrounds and beliefs in shaping gender-equitable practices" Journal of Social Studies Research (2019)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/christopher-martell/8/