Feminist Pedagogy and International Studies
This chapter argues that using feminist pedagogy, including elements of experiential education and student-centred learning, in international studies courses is an effective way to meet this need. Feminist pedagogy provides a framework for developing critical thinking skills, connecting students to their learning, and fostering social understanding and political engagement. The chapter suggests that student-led discussions and interviews, simulations, case study research, and out of class volunteering with non-profits and international governmental and nongovernmental organisations can help students develop tolerance, global awareness, and the desire to get involved in their local communities and the world. Feminist pedagogy, student-centred learning, and experiential education often share theoretical approaches to learning and teaching. The use of feminist pedagogy alters the distribution of power in the classroom, opening the door for students of all genders to participate in an intellectual discourse. The best feminist pedagogical techniques draw on experiential education and student-centred learning, while at the same time providing a framework for critical theoretical study.