This text for preservice and in-service teacher education courses shows how schools can educate girls and promote their positive self-esteem at the same time. Its purpose is to help teachers facilitate the development of gender-equitable schools and classrooms. Taking a feminist developmental approach, the text draws on an interdisciplinary knowledge base, synthesizing research from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and education. While it is rooted in scholarly research, the focus is on clarifying the connection between theory and practice, with an emphasis on practical applications.
The text is organized in two sections--"Growth and Development" and "Teaching and Learning"--and includes a variety of engaging pedagogical features. Underscoring the need for teachers, school administrators, and parents to become aware of the intersection of development and education, Educating Young Adolescent Girls:
*combines gender, growth, and development;
*demonstrates how schooling can facilitate the total development of young adolescent girls; and
*addresses a multiplicity of issues, including adolescent girls of color and young adolescents girls' sexuality.
Table of Contents
Contents: K. deMarrais, Introduction. Part I:Growth and Development. P. O'Reilly, Learning to Be a Girl. A.M. Bauer, "Tell Them We're Girls": The Invisibility of Girls With Disabilities. K.S. Prezbindowski, A.K. Prezbindowski, Educating Young Adolescent Girls About Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Issues. Part II:Teaching and Learning. S. Erkut, F. Marx, J.P. Fields, A Delicate Balance: How Teachers Can Support Middle School Girls' Confidence and Competence. K. Farber, When Bodies Matter: Teaching Adolescents About Community, Critical Consciousness, and Identity Through Movement. P.T. Hoff, N. Eddings, E. Peavy, Little Warrior Sistas: Reading Their Worlds for Liberation. D.B. Erchick, Developing Mathematical Voice: Women Reflecting on the Adolescent Years. C. Cone, Technically Speaking: Girls and Computers. L.S. Levstik, Daily Acts of Ordinary Courage: Gender-Equitable Practice in the Social Studies Classroom. M. Tang, E.P. Cook, Understanding Relationship and Career Concerns of Middle School Girls. E.M. Penn, Class Action: Teaching for Equity.
"Educating Young Adolescent Girls is a useful resource for educators, sociologists, women's studies majors, and others. It addresses a critical age of female development, the early teens, when the actions of effective teachers, parents, and other committed adults can promote the successful development of girls....Color and gender and other individual differences are real....Readers will find practical suggestions and supportive research to respond to these...differences, and to help girls overcome the very real barriers that still restrict. They will find....suggestions and resources for positive change."
—David M. Sadker
American University and Phyllis Lerner, Interweave