Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education

FALL 2002     http://www.eastern.edu/publications/emme    Vol. 4, No. 2

Theme: Gender Identity & Politics

| This Issue | Articles | Instructional Ideas | Open Forum | Reviews | Authors |
| Dentith | Lee | Morgan | Ross |

[ Art Reviews | Book Reviews | Multimedia Reviews ]

 

ABOUT THIS ISSUE

Overview
Articles
Instructional Ideas
Open Forum

Reviews of Resources

Overview


Thirty years have passed since the Title IX of the Education Amendments was adopted in 1972 in the United States.  Even though we have not yet arrived at the satisfactory level, many changes have been made to improve gender equity in education.  One of the remarkable accomplishments in the course of three decades is raising the public and educators' awareness of gender equity issues.  Much research has exposed the reality of gender-based bias and imbalance in educational and employment opportunities in this country. Multitudes of gender-equity curricula have been developed to counteract this imbalance. The UN-sponsored World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China, in 1995 also contributed to elevating the cause of gender equity at the center of the global agenda. The theme of the 2002 Fall issue grew out of the heightened interest in the gender-related issues at the domestic and global level.

Two articles, one instructional idea, and reviews of resources dealing with gender identity and equity are published in this issue.  Lee's qualitative research report focuses on gender-based instructional practices in university ESL (English as a Second Language) classrooms. Morgan's reprinted article offers a unique Christian feminist perspective of Islamic women's veiling, drawing upon the literary work of an Algerian feminist writer Assia Djeba. Dentith's instructional idea offers practical ways of incorporating a critical feminist perspective into multicultural education curriculum at the university level, which can be easily adopted in secondary school settings.

Reviews of professional and juvenile literature, multimedia sources, and paintings cover the broad array of gender issues:  gender stereotypes, female empowerment, gender identity and pride, gay/lesbian issues, and gender equity education. The Book Reviews section contains reviews of eight children's books and six professional books.  Reviews of seven videos and ten websites included in Multimedia Reviews indicate the richness of multimedia resources in this topical area. The Art Reviews section introduces two paintings by Hwa-young Caruso, one of the Art Review editors, as they deal with women's biological identity.  

In addition to scholarly and practitioner essays and reviews specifically concerning the issue theme, Ross' annotated bibliography of multicultural counseling, published in the Open Forum, is broadly related to multicultural educational issues and contains informative annotations of journal articles and books.  Enjoy the wealth of information presented by this variety of writings! 

Heewon Chang, Ph. D.
Editor-in-Chief

Articles


GENDER EFFECT ON ERROR TREATMENT IN UNIVERSITY ESL CLASSROOMS 

 Jiyoon Lee
University of Pennsylvania
U.S.A.

Abstract: The purpose of the research was to examine the relationship between the gender of international college students and teachers' treatment for the students' spoken errors made during English conversational instruction. The frequency and types of oral error treatments initiated by teachers were recorded during observation in five communicatively oriented classrooms in a metropolitan university.  In addition, students' preference for types of error treatments was surveyed and some of the language instructors were informally interviewed.  Findings indicate that errors committed by male students were treated more often and in more explicit ways and that students' gender does not affect their preference of explicit error treatments.  Some of the explanations of the findings and pedagogical implications are discussed.   [FULL TEXT]

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VEILED TRUTH:
Reading Assia Djebar from the Outside 
 

 Elizabeth Morgan
Eastern, University
U.S.A.

Abstract:  "Veiled Truth" uses the novels of Algerian writer Assia Djebar as a way
of understanding the complications surrounding the veiling of women in the East and of understanding something about the West's obsession with this issue, an obsession that often totalizes Islamic culture and ignores ways that shame-based self-consciousness is also a cultural construction imposed on Jewish and Christian women.  Ultimately, the article looks at images of veiling in the Old and New Testaments and suggests, perhaps paradoxically, that the gracious veiling of God's self, lest we be blinded by the light, is a way of inviting God's creatures to come out from behind the cultural markers they have constructed to keep each other in the dark. 
 [FULL TEXT]  

 

Open Forum


Multicultural Counseling Training Competencies: Annotated Bibliography

 William Ross
Prairie View A & M University
U.S.A.

Abstract This annotated bibliography provides a list of recent journal articles and books regarding competencies for multicultural counseling.  The bibliographic entries are conveniently categorized into six topical sections: identity development, multicultural counselor competencies, multicultural counselor training instruments, counselor training, future research direction, and related books. [FULL TEXT] 

 

Instructional Ideas


USING FEMINIST THEORY IN TEACHER EDUCATION

 Audrey M. Dentith
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
U.S.A.

Abstract: This article demonstrates the usefulness of feminist theory in the analysis and critique of gendered ideologies in teacher education. By uncovering the everyday notions apparent in cultural practices, it becomes plausible for students to begin to grasp the enormity of persistent inequalities in our society.  Such activity when integrated into our daily curriculum and pedagogy facilitates purposeful consciousness-raising among students to be developed as  critical citizens of democracy.   [FULL TEXT]

 

Reviews of Resources


ART REVIEWS

LITERATURE FOR YOUNG READERS

PROFESSIONAL LITERATURE

WEBSITES

FILMS AND VIDEOS

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Editor-in-Chief: Heewon Chang, Ph. D.
Copy Editor: Christopher Bittenbender, Ph. D.
Art Review Editors: Hwa Young Caruso, M. F. A. & John Caruso, Jr., Ph. D.
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