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Education for the Heart and Mind: Feminist Pedagogy and the Religion and Science Curriculum

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Feminist educators and theorists are stretching the boundaries of what it means to do religion and science. They are also expanding the theoretical and practical frameworks through which we might present curricula in thosefields. In this paper, I reflect on the implications of feminist pedagogies for the interdisciplinary field of religion and science. I begin with a brief discussion of feminist approaches to education and the nature of the feminist classroom as a setting for action. Next, I present some theoretical and practical issues to consider when developing a feminist praxis and an antisexist curriculum. This leads into a discussion of the role of language and critical reflection in the religion and science classroom, the risks associated with reflective discourse, and considerations in the use of ‘feminist’ teaching tools such as small group work, journals, and portfolio assessment. Iconclude with a reflection on how feminist pedagogy promotes an epistemology that speaks to the hearts and minds of participants in the dialogue of religion and science.

Keywords: antisexist curriculum; classroom discourse; critical reflection; curriculum development; education; epistemology; feminist pedagogy; feminist praxis; journals; language; personal theory building; portfolios; religion; science; small group work

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Medical Educator and Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital (University Health Network)

Publication date: June 1, 2000


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