Make/shift Pedagogies: Suggestions, Provocations, and Challenges for Teaching Introductory Gender and Women’s Studies Courses


  • Dana Olwan
  • AnaLouise Keating Texas Woman's University
  • Catherine Orr
  • Beverly Guy-Sheftall


Introductiory WGS Classes, Pedagogy


Drawing on over four decades of diverse teaching experiences as well as our recent work facilitating the NWSA Curriculum Institute, this article discusses some of the politics and praxis of teaching the introductory Gender and Women’s Studies course in the U.S. academic classroom. While mapping different pedagogical strategies, it offers some suggestions, recommendations, and provocations that inform our commitment to design syllabi, plan courses, and teach materials that introduce students to formative works and concepts in Gender and Women’s Studies, chart current trends, and signal new developments in the field.  

En s’appuyant sur plus de quatre décennies d’expériences d’enseignement diverses ainsi que sur nos travaux récents pour organiser l’institut des programmes d’études de la NWSA, cet article discute certains aspects de la politique et de la pratique de l’enseignement du cours d’introduction Études sur le genre et les femmes dans les classes d’université aux É.-U. Tout en exposant différentes stratégies pédagogiques, il propose des suggestions, des recommandations, et des idées provocantes qui contribuent à notre engagement à concevoir un programme d’études, à planifier des cours et à enseigner un contenu qui initient les étudiants aux travaux et aux concepts formateurs des études sur le genre et les femmes, rendent compte des tendances actuelles et signalent les nouveaux développements dans le domaine.


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Author Biography

AnaLouise Keating, Texas Woman's University

Women's Studies; Professor


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