[EDEQUITY] Re: Teen gender-based violence

From: Jennifer Engle (jengle@american.edu)
Date: Fri May 12 2000 - 09:44:58 EDT


Nan Stein at the Wellesley Center for Research on Women has developed a
curriculum on gender violence in high schools. You can find the curriculum
at http://www.wellesley.edu/WCW/pub_dir.html. You can also find her
research on bullying and harassment at the Wellesley Center.

Jennifer Engle
American University

Nan D. Stein

Gender Violence/Gender Justice: An Interdisciplinary Teaching Guide for
Teachers of English, Literature, Social Studies, Psychology, Health, Peer
Counseling, and Family and Consumer Sciences (Grades 7-12), 1999

The purpose of this teaching guide is to explore power, inequities, and
violence in relationships as well as friendship, interventions, justice,
courage in relationships. The large subject of gender violence, which
includes hazing, sexual harassment, and sexual assault, can be deepened,
reinforced, and strengthened by connections to and infusion into social
studies and humanities courses. Classroom discussions on these topics can
extended beyond a particular lesson through literature, writing
case studies, mock trials, and research assignments.

The unique feature of this teaching guide is that it is literature-, and
history-based. Going beyond discussions of negative interpersonal
interactions, the teaching guide makes use of selections from literature
history to include lessons on the themes of friendship, mutuality,
affection, courage, and loyalty-- some of the qualities that we hope will
replace violence and coercion in interpersonal relationships. It is one
thing to find books and historical incidents that highlight violence; it is
quite another to find literary courses and historical incidents that bring
out the positive and allow us to imagine relationships without violence and

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