chapter  8
Visions III: feminist alternatives
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The twentieth-century feminist movement, ideology, theory and philosophy produced a wealth of social and educational visions for the future. Feminist writings on the futures of education, and the subsequent development of alternative educational models, fundamentally disrupted the many givens in futures and educational discourses. The Golden Age of feminist visioning belongs to the second wave of feminism, starting in the west in, roughly, the 1960s and culminating in the 1980s. This section analyses the feminist visioning that developed in the 1980s and continued into the 1990s, in particular, visioning based on the distinctiveness of ‘women’s ways of knowing’, doing and being. This phase, however, needs to be firstly contextualized within a history of the feminist movement and theory and feminist engagement with education.