Ann C. Carver

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Spring 1979


By "Feminist Approaches to Learning" I mean a process of "breaking the accustomed mold" of established learning (to use Florence Howe's language). I mean learning to take the risk of questioning knowledge itself, using the creative expressions of women's cultures for the subject of study, and drawing upon the positive "ways of doing" in women's cultures for classroom and research methods.

The three operating principles for my course in "Teaching Women's Literature from a Regional Perspective" grow out of this approach. Those principles are: (1) intense, nonfragmented involvement of the whole person in the creative act of study; (2) sharing, based on deserved trust, as the mode of operating in the course; (3) conscious recognition that learning is a process.



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