Assessment of Caring: A Feminist Curricular Transformation
This chapter describes how the faculty at the State University of West Georgia integrated the perspectives of caring and feminist teaching strategies into its nursing curriculum. It focuses on the new curriculum is to provide activities to enhance student satisfaction and learning: activities that enable students to learn how to care for themselves and others. Feminist scholars also call for a shift in education that values not only theoretical understanding, but personal experience and emphasises a connectedness between learners and between subject and learner. ‘Feminist teaching methods allow participants time alone to reflect and time together to discuss and to learn from one another’. The impetus for curricular change was twofold. The first impetus was the unhappiness of the faculty with the old, traditional ways of teaching nursing and treating students. The second impetus was curricular change suggested by the National League for Nursing (NLN), an accrediting agency for nursing programmes in the United States.