Exploring/Teaching the Psychology of Women

A Manual of Resources, Second Edition

By Michele A. Paludi

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy
Series: SUNY series, The Psychology of Women
Paperback : 9780791427729, 131 pages, January 1996
Hardcover : 9780791427712, 131 pages, January 1996

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Table of contents

Foreword by Jane Torrey



Part 1: Critical Thinking

1 Introduction

2 Pedagogical Techniques

Discussion/Essay Questions

Experiential Exercises

Popular Books

Guest Speakers

Audio-Visual Material

Women's Centers

References on Balancing the Psychology Curriculum for Sex and Gender

Suggestions for Dealing with Sensitive Issues in the Psychology of Women Course

Part 2: Integration of Knowledge

3 Introduction

4 Pedagogical Techniques

Topics for Term Papers


Teaching the Psychology of Women Course from a Life-Cycle Developmental Psychology Perspective

Role Playing Exercises

Suggestions for Internships and Volunteer Work

Women's Political Groups

Social and Volunteer Clubs

Part 3: Multicultural Learning

5 Introduction

6 Pedagogical Techniques

Sample Syllabus: Psychology of Gender, Ethnicity, and Race

Sample References on Multiculturalism


Guest Speakers for Multicultural Learning

Popular Books to Encourage Multicultural Learning

Sample Discussion/Essay Questions

Part 4: Additional Resources for the Psychology of Women Course

7 Sample Outlines for Class Lectures/Presentations

8 Suggestions for Keeping a Journal in the Psychology of Women Course

9 Course Evaluations

About the Author


Focuses on how to teach the psychology of women course with emphasis on three main themes: critical thinking skills, integration of knowledge, and multiculturalism.


Pedagogical techniques are provided for topics typically discussed in the psychology of women course including heritage of the field, feminist and sex-fair research methodology, life-cycle developmental psychology of women, therapeutic approaches, women and sexuality, women's career development, women and relationships, women and health, communication skills, and violence against women.

Information dealing with legislative action on several issues such as domestic violence, sexual harassment, and women's reproductive health is included. Pedagogical techniques for multiculturalism and multicultural learning inclusive of issues regarding race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion, and age is provided. The book also includes a sample syllabus for a course on the psychology of gender, race, and ethnicity.

The book is divided into three sections--critical thinking, integration of knowledge, and multiculturalism. Within these goals Paludi includes pedagogical tools for faculty and classroom use including experiential exercises, role playing exercises, sample discussion/essay questions, audio-visual materials, suggestions for guest speakers, organizations to contact for information, suggested term paper topics, and related readings.

Michele A. Paludi is Principal of Paludi and Associates, Consultants in Sexual Harassment. She is editor of Ivory Power: Sexual Harassment on Campus (winner of the 1992 Gustavus Myers Center Award for the Outstanding Book on Human Rights in the United States); co-author of Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Resource Manual; and editor of Sexual Harassment on College Campuses: Abusing the Ivory Power; all published by SUNY Press.


"A book such as Paludi's provides a ready-made compilation of resources, including selected references, films, organizations, course outlines, and class exercises," noted Contemporary Psychology in their review of the book's first edition. Building on that foundation the second edition defines four learning goals of students in courses on the psychology of women throughout the country--knowledge base, learning skills, feminist pedagogy, and personal growth.