chapter  9
12 Pages

Feminist Pedagogy and Power in the Academy

WithPenny Welch

In this chapter, the author explores the relevance of feminist pedagogy for university and college teachers who want to teach in ways that promote solidarity, equality and respect for diversity. She is concerned with feminist pedagogy comes from her experience of teaching Politics and Women’s Studies in Higher Education and from the dilemmas and contradictions involved in challenging certain features of the academy from the inside. The author focuses on the possibilities of constructing a feminist pedagogy in the early 1990s when student numbers expanded significantly and student groups became more diverse in terms of class, colour, age and educational background. She provides an overview of the changes and a summary of the present situation. The author suggests that some areas where there is scope for feminist action to improve aspects of learning and teaching in ways that restore some of the autonomy and influence Higher Education teachers have lost.