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Valuing Us All: Feminist Pedagogy and Economicsby April Laskey Aerni
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A basic knowledge of economics is critical for making informed decisions in today's world. By offering courses and materials that are more relevant to our students' lives and encouraging more active participation in the discovery of economic concepts and theories, we promote the development of informed citizens.
This volume collects pioneering work on the integration of feminist pedagogy in economics. Part 1 introduces a vision of feminist pedagogy, explains the importance of developing feminist pedagogy in economics, and proposes a model for achieving feminist pedagogy in economics that suggests changes in both course content and teaching methods. Part 2 reveals how current course content is narrowly defined and demonstrates how content can be altered to be more inclusive. Included are an analysis of current textbook treatments and examples of broadening discussions of labor supply models, U.S. poverty, and stereotyping, as well as general overviews of macro- and microeconomic courses. Part 3 reports on current disparities in economics education by gender and provides alternative teaching strategies for correcting this problem, including the service learning, peer review, e-mail discussion lists, case studies, internships, and collaborative learning.
The contributors incorporate their vision of a new pedagogy with important economic concepts emphasizing equity as well as efficiency, cooperation as well as competition, and inter-dependence as well as independence. The volume will be a valuable resource for college faculty teaching economics in the United States, as well as to those teaching in related disciplines who want to design exercises that promote a more inclusive classroom environment through changes in both content and teaching methods.
April Laskey Aerni is Associate Professor of Economics, Nazareth College of Rochester. KimMarie McGoldrick is Associate Professor of Economics, University of Richmond.
Argues for making economics classrooms more inclusive through changes in course content and teaching methods
Table of Contents
Toward feminist pedagogy in economics / April Laskey Aerni, ... et al — Feminist pedagogy : a means for bringing critical thinking and creativity to the economics classroom / Jean Shackelford — Breaking down the walls, opening up the fields : situating the economics classroom in the site of social action / Margaret Lewis — Hidden by the invisible hand : neoclassical economic theory and the textbook treatment of race and gender / Susan F. Feiner and Bruce B. Roberts — Adding feminist re-visions to the economics curriculum : the case of the labor supply decision / Margaret Lewis — Addressing U.S. poverty in introductory economics courses : insights from feminist economics / Janice Peterson — What do my students need to know? Experiences with developing a more feminist "Principles of macroeconomics" course / April Laskey Aerni — The economics of stereotyping / Emily P. Hoffman — The scope of microeconomics : implications for economic education / Myra H. Strober — The impact of integrating scholarship on women into introductory economics : evidence from one institution / Maureen J. Lage and Michael Treglia --Exploring the gender gap on the GRE subject test in economics / Mary Hirschfeld, Robert L. Moore, and Eleanor Brown — Does personality type explain the gender gap in economics? : analysis and pedagogy / Andrea L. Ziegert and Dennis Sullivan — The road not taken : service learning as an example of feminist pedagogy in economics / KimMarie McGoldrick — Use of structured peer review in writing-intensive courses : helping students comprehend the evaluation process / Joyce P. Jacobsen — Internships for economics students : experiments in feminist pedagogy / Mary E. Young — Teaching case studies in the Principles of economics classroom : one instructor's experience / Amy McCormick Diduch — E-mail discussion lists and feminist pedagogy in the economics classroom / Meenakshi Rishi — Putting economics to work / Robin L. Bartlett.
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