Valuing Us All: Feminist Pedagogy and Economics

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University of Michigan Press, Dec 15, 1999 - Business & Economics - 251 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Toward Feminist Pedagogy in Economics
3
A Means for Bringing Critical Thinking and Creativity to the Economics Classroom
19
Situating the Economics Classroom in the Site of Social Action
30
Neoclassical Economic Theory and the Textbook Treatment of Race and Gender
43
The Case of the Labor Supply Decision
66
Insights from Feminist Economics
75
What Do My Students Need to Know? Experiences with Developing a More Feminist Principles of Macroeconomics Course
86
The Economics of Stereotyping
97
Does Personality Type Explain the Gender Gap in Economics? Analysis and Pedagogy
152
Service Learning as an Example of Feminist Pedagogy in Economics
168
Helping Students Comprehend the Evaluation Process
184
Experiments in Feminist Pedagogy
193
One Instructors Experience
202
EMail Discussion Lists and Feminist Pedagogy in the Economics Classroom
215
Putting Economics to Work
224
Contributors
241

Implications for Economic Education
103
Evidence from One Institution
121
Exploring the Gender Gap on the GRE Subject Test in Economics
137

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