Feminism and Education-A Canadian Perspective, Vol. 2

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Feminism and Education-A Canadian Perspective, Vol. 2


Williams, Allison M., Women and Environments


Feminism and- Education:

Toronto: Centre for Women's Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1994.

Reviewed by Allison M. Williams

This book gives feminist educators a great deal of hope. In these times of fiscal constraint, which affects class size, course offerings, job security, administrative outlook (steering towards conservatism, and many other aspects of school life, the obstacles to implementing a feminist pedagogy in the academy are growing. This edited volume reaffirms the opportunity and ability to maintain and develop the feminist agenda in teaching and learning. Through sharing successful feminist strategies in education, the contributors' initiative, ingenuity, persistence and enthusiasm prove both impressive and contagious.

The editor's holistic perspective is reflected in the book's structure and content. The collection is divided into four areas: Anti-Racist/Feminist Pedagogy; Distance/Electronic Education; Classroom Discourse/Practice; and Curriculum Content. The articles contained in the volume are written by educators working in not only the secondary and post-secondary environment, but also within the community at large. And the authors represent different fields, including nursing, computer science, history, education, communications, women's studies, sociology and community activism. In spite of this, the strategies, techniques and processes shared are applicable across most levels, and for most, if not all, subjects.

The pieces I enjoyed most read like stories, Potvin's discussion of confronting the disclosure of sexual abuse in the classroom, explored how this setting could facilitate the process of participants "hearing each other into being". …

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