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Gender in the Classroom: Power and Pedagogy


reviewed by Abigail M. Harris 1991

coverTitle: Gender in the Classroom: Power and Pedagogy
Author(s): Susan L. Gabriel, Isaiah Smithson
Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Urbana-Champaign
ISBN: 0252061101, Pages: 196, Year: 1990
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Are women and men more alike than different or more different than alike? Unlike recent publications that have emphasized the similarities between men and women1 or questioned the universality of a female voice,2 Gender in the Classroom highlights gender differences and their influence on teaching, particularly the teaching of English. Following an introductory chapter by Isaiah Smithson, Carolyn Heilbrun sets the tone of the book by exploring how the patriarchal world of the university has reacted to both the intrusion of feminist criticism into the university’s “life of the mind” and the invasion of university classrooms by increasing numbers of female professors and students. She posits that what passes for the life of the mind is, in fact, no more than the politics of the mind and she ponders why it is that the female perspective is so threatening. As in the past, Heilbrun aptly challenges the university to open its... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 93 Number 1, 1991, p. 201-204
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 272, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 2:09:22 AM

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