This weekend, I have been wrestling with my concept of feminist pedagogy. I've been trying to look at each of the aspects of feminist pedagogy that hooks, Fisher, Elenes and Crabtree, Sapp, & Licona, described as essential components. And I've tried to look at each one in isolation from one another to better understand them. Some of the aspects that I've been analyzing are:
Classroom discourse (political or otherwise)
Transformative nature of feminist pedagogy
De-centering the instructor and shifting the power to students
Ethic of care
I have found that when I try to describe or analyze any one
of these in isolation it seems empty without the others. Can one consider student empowerment separate
from student voice; can they exist separate from one another? How
about the ethic of care and de-centering the teacher's voice?
1. Can these elements that are so imperative to critical feminist pedagogy be separated from one another? Or must they be taken as a whole?
2. When taken as a whole, it seems to me that this problematizes the implementation of feminist pedagogical methods. How can you do it all at once? But, separating them leads to a different complex issue, i.e. what do they mean in isolation? How does one learn to implement all aspects of feminist pedagogy in her/his own classroom, if all aspects are to be considered as one?
3. Can feminist pedagogy be taken in baby steps? Can it be implemented in stages?
4. Do students schooled in the discourse of standard lecture courses, balk at the change in dynamics and activities in a classroom practicing feminist pedagogy?
5. Do students and/or instructors progress through the 5 stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) in "giving up" the classroom they're accustomed to? If you're interested you can check out the following link for a YouTube video on the 5 Stages of Grief .
6. How does an instructor manage the power struggles that occur in class? Does the instructor need to manage them? Or should the students be "empowered" to do this in their own?
I'm unable to synthesize this into one question, sorry fempedbloggers. Thanks for any comments and thoughts on these questions.