Reflections from the trenches: Our development as feminist teachers

Elizabeth A. Sharp, J. Maria Bermudez, Wendy Watson, Jacki Fitzpatrick

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In this article, we share our challenges and positive experiences of using feminist pedagogy to teach an undergraduate course on gender development. We use a developmental contextual, feminist perspective to address issues related to (a) internalized sexism, (b) contrasts in student's religious beliefs and sexism, (c) students' developmental level, and (d) teaching intersectionality. In response to the challenges, we offer practical applications of integrating feminist pedagogy in the classroom. Finally, we delineate the ways in which our application of feminist pedagogy has benefited us in our growth and offer suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-548
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2007


  • Development
  • Feminist pedagogy
  • Gender relations course
  • Reflexivity


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