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A bit of a dirty word: 'feminism' and female teachers identifying as feminist

McKnight, Lucinda 2016, A bit of a dirty word: 'feminism' and female teachers identifying as feminist, Journal of gender studies, In Press, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1080/09589236.2016.1202816.

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Title A bit of a dirty word: 'feminism' and female teachers identifying as feminist
Author(s) McKnight, LucindaORCID iD for McKnight, Lucinda
Journal name Journal of gender studies
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng
Publication date 2016-07-01
ISSN 1465-3869
Keyword(s) feminisms
curriculum design
Summary Following the identification of a gap in the literature around reasons for contemporary women’s self-identification as ‘feminist’ (Swirsky & Angelone, 2015), this paper discusses an empirical study of an intergenerational group of contemporary Australian female teachers collaboratively designing English curriculum around girls’ media. The paper explores the group’s shared conversations around feminism, over a series of meetings, as we (teachers and researcher) plan curriculum and negotiate broader subject positions possible for girls and women. These contexts include the competing discourses of feminism and postfeminism and how these mediate texts chosen for study, our pedagogical approaches, and the ways we experience our own lives. In this study, we struggle to find a shared language, across generations, with which to work collaboratively in a community of practice committed to the critical study of media, but involving different individual orientations to ‘feminism’. This is a space in which impediments to the feminist study of girls’ media quickly emerge. The paper also serves as a reminder that feminist scholarship takes place in schools, as well as in the academy, and that the gender studies work teachers do in schools is potentially whole population work, worthy of keen attention in the gender studies academic mainstream.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09589236.2016.1202816
Field of Research 130106 Secondary Education
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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