University of Central Florida Undergraduate Research Journal - Teaching Like a Girl: Student Reflection of the Benefits and Challenges of Feminist Pedagogy
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Teaching "Like a Girl": Student Reflection of
the Benefits and Challenges of Feminist Pedagogy

By: Ashley Torres | Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés

Introduction

This essay will present my personal observations and reflections on a course I took in the fall of 2013 titled Women in Literature. In my observations, I will highlight the benefits of feminist pedagogy, the method of my mentor and professor Dr. Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés. While discussing the means by which this pedagogy was used, I will analyze which strategies worked well for students and which did not. In the contemporary college classroom, which may include up to 100 students, online and face-to-face instruction is sometimes combined in a hybrid manner. I will offer a constructive critique of the increasingly common hybrid method of instruction by analyzing feedback via an anonymous student midterm survey, student responses to a Student Perception of Instruction survey at the end of the semester, and my own personal experience as a student. I will use feminist inquiry to discuss the level of success of the course as perceived by those it was meant to teach. Finally, I will compare and contrast the challenges students and teachers face in this environment as well as the place and role feminist pedagogy has in the contemporary college classroom.

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