GENDER IN POPULAR EDUCATION
Methods for Empowerment
Shirley Walters and Linzi Manicom (Eds.)
Gender in Popular Education is a collection of critical reflections on feminist adult education work in grassroots organisations, development projects, formal institutions, and community education programmes in a wide variety of countries: South Africa, India, the United States, Canada, Malaysia, the Philippines and Australia. Drawing on, and critiquing, the tradition of community education associated with Paolo Friere, as well as the fields of adult education and feminist pedagogy, it examines methodologies that lead to women's empowerment. It aims to give feminist popular education work a much wider audience and to promote debate about effective learning and pedagogy among grassroots women.
The contributors enliven their focus on methodology with engaging shifts between personal narrative, experiential analysis, theoretical contextualisation, and evocative description. Their willingness to be self-critical and to experiment with new applications of concepts and practices make this book a valuable addition to an increasingly important field.
Zed Books/CACE Publications, 1996. paper; 239 pp. ISBN 1-85649-350-5 US$25.00
ON OUR FEET
Taking Steps to Challenge Women's Oppression
On Our Feet explains key concepts and terms regarding gender, introduces main principles of popular education, and offers guidelines to plan and facilitate a workshop. Although developed within the South African context, this basic training handbook can be generalised for use by popular educators, trainers, organisers,and facilitators worldwide. Activities; glossary; bibliography.
University of the Western Cape/CACE Publications, 1992. paper; 171 pp. ISBN 1-86808-108-7 US$10.00
SEE ALSO: World Education Report (Category: Reference).
WOMEN AND LITERACY
This book examines how projects to promote women's literacy can contribute to women's improved status, better health care, greater environmental protection and effective economic activity. It includes step-by-step details on preparing literacy activities for women, a guide to education and action, a bibliography, a list of organisations, and, information on how to monitor the effectiveness of a literacy programme.
Zed Books, 1992. paper; 96 pp. ISBN 0-86232-981-7 US$15.95
WOMEN AND THE UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM
Towards Equality, Democracy, and Peace
Mary-Louise Kearney and Anne Holden Rżnning (Eds.)
This book examines the link between the university curriculum and gender issues, and emphasises the key importance of education as a means of empowering women.
Women and the University Curriculum attempts to identify whether and how the teaching, training, and research functions of higher education sensitise students to the principal questions affecting women and their role in society. Focusing on different disciplines and countries, the essays conclude that while the gender dimension is effectively included in some instances, in others it has struggled for recognition or has yet to be adequately understood. Statistics; bibliography.
UNESCO Publishing/Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1996. paper; 270 pp. ISBN 92-3-103243-7 US$32.00
SEE ALSO: Action Guide for Girls' Education (Category: The Girl Child).
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